The Double – Fyodor Dostoevsky

It’s a book as Russian as Shostakovich and Prokofiev, and in the same vein, it’s as dark, cold and a little bit creepy, just like their music. This Kafka-esque novel portrays a clerk who encounters his exact double who although no one seems to notice the extreme similarity between the two (including their names) manages to take over the man’s life and relegate him to an asylum. But was it real, or was it the raving of a man unhinged?

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