Most significant of the Russian novelist's early stories (1846) offers straight-faced treatment of hallucinatory theme. Golyadkin senior is ruthlessly persecuted by Golyadkin junior, his double in almost every respect.
Not one of the author's better-known works, this 1846 novel introduces Golyadkin, a man who one day meets his exact double. The double is not only physically identical but has the same name and background. Golyadkin's happy life spirals downward into paranoia and neurosis as his friends begin to abandon him for the doppelganger. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.