A Vital Question, or, What is to be Done?


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(4.6 stars; 7 reviews)

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 (18 hr 45 min)

Chapters

Translators' Preface 13:57 Read by Expatriate
Introduction: Chapter 01 6:54 Read by Expatriate
Introduction: Chapter 02 10:14 Read by Expatriate
Introduction: Chapter 03 6:45 Read by Expatriate
Part I: Chapter 01a 13:24 Read by Expatriate
Part I: Chapter 01b 13:55 Read by Expatriate
Part I: Chapter 02 12:09 Read by Expatriate
Part I: Chapter 03 7:45 Read by Expatriate
Part I: Chapter 04 11:53 Read by Expatriate
Part I: Chapter 05 8:36 Read by Expatriate
Part I: Chapter 06 6:44 Read by Expatriate
Part I: Chapter 07 8:57 Read by Expatriate
Part I: Chapter 08 11:10 Read by Expatriate
Part I: Chapter 09 11:10 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 01 8:25 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 02 9:22 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 03 7:44 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 04 14:59 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 05 7:37 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 06 9:34 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 07 13:32 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 08 13:05 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 09 11:21 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 10 10:07 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 11 9:07 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 12 4:44 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 13 9:19 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 14 4:52 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 15 7:49 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 16 4:09 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 17 6:49 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 18 15:46 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 19 8:14 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 20 6:46 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 21 15:16 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 22 8:54 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 23 12:36 Read by Expatriate
Part II: Chapter 24 7:14 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 01 5:51 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 02 22:01 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 03 20:45 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 04a 16:27 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 04b 16:27 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 05 9:30 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 06 6:38 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 07 8:29 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 08 13:49 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 09 3:14 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 10 3:41 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 11 8:31 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 12 4:21 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 13 5:32 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 14 19:19 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 15 7:53 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 16 10:17 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 17 5:15 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 18 6:29 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 19 16:58 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 20 15:14 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 21 8:46 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 22 18:55 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 23 8:50 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 24 7:21 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 25 6:36 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 26 10:02 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapters 27-28 4:14 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 29a 18:04 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 29b 17:01 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 29c 18:17 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 30a 20:15 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 30b 20:45 Read by Expatriate
Part III: Chapter 31 19:01 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 01a 15:39 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 01b 17:52 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 02 16:28 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 03 3:21 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 04 4:14 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 05 15:13 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 06 3:10 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 07 17:57 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 08 4:18 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 09 3:04 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 10 3:36 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 11 7:44 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 12 2:40 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 13 6:34 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 14 9:36 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 15a 12:29 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 15b 19:40 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 15c 20:10 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 16 4:15 Read by Expatriate
Part IV: Chapter 17 18:59 Read by Expatriate
Part V, Chapter 01-03 17:53 Read by Expatriate
Part V, Chapter 04-05 15:43 Read by Expatriate
Part V, Chapter 06-07 18:05 Read by Expatriate
Part V, Chapter 08-11 21:24 Read by Expatriate
Part V, Chapter 12-16 15:36 Read by Expatriate
Part V, Chapter 17-18 17:51 Read by Expatriate
Part V, Chapter 19-22 12:03 Read by Expatriate
Part V, Chapter 23a 12:10 Read by Expatriate
Part V, Chapter 23b, Part VI 11:52 Read by Expatriate

Reviews

Well read and interesting


(5 stars)

Very well read by Expatriate. Interesting to hear the ... wishful ... ideas of socialist utopianism at the root of the Russian Revolution. The story itself was OK, at times compelling and dramatic but at other times far-fetched. One can see how some of the ideas put forth by this book outraged Dostoevsky.