St. Petersburg: A. Transhel, 1876. Parts 1-3. , 247, , 184, , 277 pp. 21x14 cm. Contemporary half leather. The ticket of Borodin’s bindery in Saint Petersburg on the rear endpaper. Gilt lettering on the spine.
Very good, some foxing.
First edition. The fourth of the ‘Dostoevsky’s big five’, the novel was written in 1874-1875. ‘The Adolescent’ is without a doubt one of the most mature works by the author. Although it met a mixed reception with critics, the novel held more editions before 1917 in Russian than any other books by Dostoevsky. However the next masterpiece that Dostoevsky produced overshadowed ‘Podrostok’ - it was ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ which also was the last book by epileptic genius.
‘The Adolescent’ was highly rated by Kafka, Hesse, Blok and others. Nikolay Berdyaev called it ‘one of the most ingenious creations of Dostoevsky, highly underestimated’.
‘The Adolescent’ is the story of self-upbringing of a young man, written in a form of a diary. Experimenting with that form Dostoevsky foresaw some of the literary innovations of 20th century.