Dostoyevsky's fifth medium-lenght fictional work, 'The Village of Stepanchikovo and its Inhabitants,' was published in 1859, the year of his return to St. Petersburg from exile. It represents a side of its author insufficiently known to English-speaking readers- his humour. It is a superb comic tale. At the same time, it tries out certain themes of Dostoyevsky's full maturity. Set on a remote country estate, the story concerns a household completely under the sway of the despotic charlatan and humbug Foma Fomich Opiskin, whose sententious utterance contains a good deal of satire on the reactionary Gogol. The owner of the estate, the retired Colonel Rostanev, is a meek, kind-hearted giant of a man, cruelly dominated by Opiskin. With deftly controlled suspense, the novel builds up to a confrontation between these two.
Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) was a Russian novelist, journalist, short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th century novel. Notes from the Underground was followed by Crime and Punishment, (1866) an account of an individual's fall and redemption, The Idiot, (1868) depicting a Christ-like figure, Prince Myshkin, and The Possessed, (1871) an exploration of philosophical nihilism. Translated with an introduction by Ignat AvseyLanguage Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian
Descrizione libro Angel Books, London, 1983. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good +. Condizione sovraccoperta: very good +. First printing of this edition. Translated with an Introduction by Ignat Avsey. Blue cloth boards stamped in gilt on the spine. A clean, unmarked copy in a tight binding and bright, unclipped dust-jacket. Codice libro della libreria 86135
Descrizione libro Angel Bks., London, 1983. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good+. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good+. Light signs of use. D/w a bit loose. Signed by Ignat Avsey on title page. Codice libro della libreria 046992