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Vital Question, or, What is to be Done?

Nikolai Chernyshevsky

Despised by Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, What Is To Be Done? is a fascinating, sympathetic story of idealistic revolutionaries in mid-nineteenth century tsarist Russia; translator Nathan Haskell Dole affirms in his preface his conviction that it is a thriller that no one can put down once s/he begins it. Its variegated cast of characters includes Vera Pavlovna, a boldly independent woman in a time of great oppression, and the inspirational radical Rakhmetov. The author wrote the novel from the depths of the infamous Peter & Paul Fortress of St. Petersburg, the Abu Ghraib of tsarist Russia, and later spent many years of exile in Siberia. Dostoyevsky disparaged Chernyshevsky's novel repeatedly, most notably in The Possessed (as sort of bedside reading material for some of the more despicable characters) and in Notes From Underground. Chernyshevsky's legacy, however, was in inspiring an ascetic, self-abnegating radicalism in later revolutionaries and activists. - Summary by Expatriate

Despised by Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, What Is To Be Done? is a fascinating, sympathetic story of idealistic revolutionaries in mid-nineteenth century tsarist Russia; translator Nathan Haskell Dole affirms in his preface his conviction that it is a thriller that no one can put down once s/he begins it. Its variegated cast of characters includes Vera Pavlovna, a boldly independent woman in a time of great oppression, and the inspirational radical Rakhmetov. The author wrote the novel from the depths of the infamous Peter & Paul Fortress of St. Petersburg, the Abu Ghraib of tsarist Russia, and later spent many years of exile in Siberia. Dostoyevsky disparaged Chernyshevsky's novel repeatedly, most notably in The Possessed (as sort of bedside reading material for some of the more despicable characters) and in Notes From Underground. Chernyshevsky's legacy, however, was in inspiring an ascetic, self-abnegating radicalism in later revolutionaries and activists. - Summary by Expatriate
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Despised by Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy, What Is To Be Done? is a fascinating, sympathetic story of idealistic revolutionaries in mid-nineteenth century tsarist Russia; translator Nathan Haskell Dole affirms in his preface his conviction that it is a thriller that no one can put down once s/he begins it. Its variegated cast of characters includes Vera Pavlovna, a boldly independent woman in a time of great oppression, and the inspirational radical Rakhmetov. The author wrote the novel from the depths of the infamous Peter & Paul Fortress of St. Petersburg, the Abu Ghraib of tsarist Russia, and later spent many years of exile in Siberia. Dostoyevsky disparaged Chernyshevsky's novel repeatedly, most notably in The Possessed (as sort of bedside reading material for some of the more despicable characters) and in Notes From Underground. Chernyshevsky's legacy, however, was in inspiring an ascetic, self-abnegating radicalism in later revolutionaries and activists. - Summary by Expatriate

Language:

English

Narrators:

Expatriate

Length:

18h 47m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

13:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:25


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

13:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:11


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

11:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:45


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:00


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

09:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:33


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

13:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

11:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:45


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:20


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:50


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:50


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

15:47


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:17


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:55


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

12:37


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:52


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

22:02


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

20:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

16:28


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

16:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:31


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:30


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

13:50


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:15


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:32


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:22


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:33


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

19:20


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

10:18


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:16


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:30


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

16:59


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

15:15


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:47


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

18:56


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:51


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:22


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:37


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

10:03


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:15


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

18:05


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

17:02


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

18:18


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

20:16


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

20:46


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

19:02


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

15:40


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

17:53


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

16:29


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:22


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:15


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

15:15


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:11


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

17:58


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:19


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:05


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:37


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:45


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

02:41


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

06:35


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

09:37


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

12:30


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

19:41


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

20:11


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:16


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

19:00


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

17:54


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

15:44


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

18:06


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

21:25


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

15:37


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

17:52


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

12:04


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

12:11


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

11:53