Most significant of the Russian velist's early stories (1846) offers a straight-faced treatment of a hallucinatory theme. Golyadkin senior is a powerless target of persecution by Golyadkin junior, his double in almost every respect. Familiar Dostoyevskan themes of helplessness, victimization, scandal - beautifully handled in this small masterpiece.
With his sympathetic portrayals of the downtrodden of 19th-century Russian society, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (18211881) exercised immense influence on modern writers. His novels featured profound philosophical and psychological insights that anticipated the development of psychoanalysis and existentialism.