By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
The narrator and protagonist of Dostoevsky’s novel The Adolescent (first released in English as A uncooked Youth) is Arkady Dolgoruky, a na•ve 19-year-old boy bursting with ambition and evaluations. The illegitimate son of a dissipated landowner, he's torn among his wish to reveal his father’s wrongdoing and the will to win his love. He travels to St. Petersburg to confront the daddy he slightly understands, encouraged via an inchoate dream of communion and armed with a mysterious record that he believes provides him strength over others. This new English model by means of the main acclaimed of Dostoevsky’s translators is a masterpiece of pathos and excessive comedy.
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Arkady bears his name only by chance, but the old man becomes a spiritual father for him. After meeting him for the first time and talking with him only briefly, the adolescent bursts out feverishly: “I’m glad of you. Maybe I’ve been waiting for you a long time. I don’t love any of them; they have no seemliness . . I won’t go after them, I don’t know where I’ll go, I’ll go with you . ” But later he makes the same declaration to Versilov, when the latter finally seems to welcome him as his son: “‘Now I have no need for dreams and reveries, now you are enough for me!
Some hale and fat boy suddenly stops right in front of his victim and looks at him point-blank for several moments with a long, stern, and arrogant gaze. The newcomer stands silently before him, looks askance, if he’s not a coward, and waits for whatever is coming. ” “Ah, simply! ” And he’s right; there is nothing stupider than to be called Dolgoruky without being a prince. I drag this stupidity around on my back without any guilt. ” I once answered firmly, “No, simply Dolgoruky, the illegitimate son of my former master, Mr.
Later he says: . . The reader will perhaps be horrified at the frankness of my confession and will ask himself simple-heartedly: how is it that the author doesn’t blush? I reply that I’m not writing for publication; I’ll probably have a reader only in some ten years, when everything is already so apparent, past and proven that there will no longer be any point in blushing. And therefore, if I sometimes address the reader in my notes, it’s merely a device. My reader is a fantastic character. Arkady also turns out to share some of the underground man’s opinions, for instance about rational egoism and social progress.