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The narrator and protagonist of Dostoevsky’s novel The Adolescent (first published in English as A Raw Youth) is Arkady Dolgoruky, a naïve 19-year-old boy bursting with ambition and opinions. The illegitimate son of a dissipated landowner, he is torn between his desire to expose his father’s wrongdoing and the desire to win his love. He travels to St. Petersburg to confront the father he barely knows, inspired by an inchoate dream of communion and armed with a mysterious document that he believes gives him power over others. This new English version by the most acclaimed of Dostoevsky’s translators is a masterpiece of pathos and high comedy.
“The Adolescent is the most captivating of Dostoevsky’s novels.” —Konstantin Mochulsky, author of Dostoevsky: His Life and Work
Praise for previous Dostoevsky translations by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky:
The Brothers Karamazov:
“One finally gets the musical whole of Dostoeveky’s original.” —The New York Times Book Review
Crime and Punishment:
“The best [translation] currently available . . . an especially faithful recreation . . . with a coiled-spring kinetic energy. . . . Don't miss it.” —The Washington Post Book World
“A capital job of restoration.” —Los Angeles Times