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"Netochka Nezvanova": a brief summary. "Netochka Nezvanova" - the novel by FM Dostoevsky

Dostoyevsky's talent was recognized by the writer's contemporaries, as his current readers acknowledge. In one of the novels he passed the subtly subtly outer and inner world of the orphan Netochka Nezvanova. In this article, the features of the work and its brief content will be presented. "Netochka Nezvanova" was conceived by the author as a novel and, according to Dostoevsky's own predictions, should have caused a furore in literary circles. But this, unfortunately, did not happen. The work was shortened to the format of the story.


Dostoevsky's contemporaries perceived his work differently. Some valued the writer for the rare ability to convey a picture of the life of the characters. Others saw in his works excessive mannerism and pretentiousness. His exceptional talent nonetheless appreciated everything.

The writer devoted several books to the suffering child. Among them is the novel "The Insulted and the Injured". For many contemporary readers, Dostoevsky's works are complex in perception. Therefore, in order to obtain at least minimal information about the plot, they prefer to read the summary.

"Netochka Nezvanova" - a work that tells of the suffering of a teenage girl. There are no unexpected plot lines in it, as, for example, in The Brothers Karamazov. In this story there is no intrigue and tension of narrative - what can be seen in "Crime and Punishment". So, perhaps, it is not such an incorrect step to read a condensed statement. What is the story to which this article is devoted?

The story of one woman

A teenage girl becomes an orphan, as a result of which she is ready to offend everyone. However, there are good people in her life. Approximately so it would look very brief. "Netochka Nezvanova" - a story that Dostoevsky's contemporaries called "the history of one woman," despite the fact that at the end of the work the heroine is only sixteen. In this story there are many tragic moments, a number of complex psychological images are presented. Below are the characteristics of the heroes and the main events that occur in the story.

The first chapter: a summary

Netozhka Nezvanova did not remember her father. He died when she was only two years old. The mother subsequently married a man named Epifanov, who was doomed to misfortune and need.

"Netochka Nezvanova," the summary of which can be described as a small story from the life of one character, is a story with many heroes. The fate of each is described in detail by Dostoyevsky. In the first chapter, for example, we are talking only about Epifanov. This man was once a clarinetist. Talent Epifanov did not shine. He played in the orchestra of the landowner, a kind and loving man in music.

One day, Netochka's stepfather brought his acquaintance with the drinking and descending Kapellmeister of Italian descent. Between them a strange friendship began. But soon the Italian died, bequeathing Epifanov his coat and violin. The instrument was expensive, but the clarinetist flatly refused to part with it. And later it suddenly turned out that Epifanov was an excellent violinist.

Learning about the amazing abilities of his clarinetist, the landowner advised him: to work hard, never to be conceited, and most importantly - never to drink alcohol. And finally, a kind person gave Epifanov a small sum of money. The trouble is that the young violinist did not follow the advice of his benefactor. He only drank, but boasted of his musical abilities, from which soon nothing remained. This is the story of Stephen's stepfather. Events from the early period of the violinist's life from his former friend heard Netochka Nezvanova. The summary of the chapters below will provide a succinct description of the events from the biography of the main character.


Dostoevsky was able to convey the inner world of the child with amazing accuracy. "Netochka Nezvanova," the summary of which is presented in that article, is, first of all, the experiences of a teenage girl, transferred from the first person.

The family lived on the means earned by the mother. Epifanov, whom Netochka perceived as her own father, used to accuse his wife of failures. To every one he met and unfamiliar, he told of his bitter fate. Epifanov allegedly did not become a great violinist, because he was married to a woman who ruined his talent.

Wife of a musician

Netochka's mother was a dreamy person, and therefore, when she met with Epifanov, decided to become his support: she saw in this man the future famous violinist. It is worth saying that the wife of Epifanova was a woman educated, she once worked as a governess. But the death of the first husband, the drunkenness of the second and the constant need turned her into a grumpy and sullen person. Oddly enough, Netochka loved her stepfather. Mother felt only fear. And only years later she began to realize how unfair was to this woman.


The tragedy of the child, who was betrayed by the closest person, was portrayed in this novel by F. Dostoyevsky. "Netochka Nezvanova," a summary of which, perhaps, does not create a full impression of the experiences of a teenager - a very deep work. However, like other novels and novels of Dostoevsky.

Epifanov was a mentally ill person. The only thing that saved him from complete insanity for eight years was a false and cruel conviction that Netochka's mother was an obstacle to the brilliant career of a violinist. For eight years he did not take the instrument into his hands. At the same time he tried to convince himself that after the death of his wife he would become a genius violinist.

A terrible catastrophe

Once a great musician came to Petersburg. Epifanov visited his concert, after which he realized his uselessness. That same night Netochka's mother died. The half-crazed violinist picked up the instrument and began to play. The sounds that the girl heard, watching this picture, only remotely resembled music. During the years of idleness and drunkenness, Epifanov lost all his skills.

The realization of his incompetence led him into complete madness, after which he rushed to run in an indefinite direction. He left his adopted daughter, left his wife's body, as if it were an unnecessary thing for him now. Soon he was discovered outside the city: he was completely unconscious. And three days later Epifanov died.

In the house of the prince

Next, the vicissitudes of the orphan's fate were portrayed by F. M. Dostoyevsky. "Netochka Nezvanova", a summary of which in the following chapters can be stated in several paragraphs, is a work with a lot of characters - both negative and positive.

The girl after the death of her mother and father's escape was in the house of the prince. This man led a solitary lifestyle. Even the wife could not see the prince for several weeks in a row. But he was kind and sincerely compassionate Neotochka. The princess, on the contrary, was a very cold and arrogant person. In her society, Netochka felt terrible, and therefore constantly sought seclusion.

The house was also home to a rather strange old woman, who was the prince's aunt. This lady disliked the orphan. The old woman tortured Netochka with her quibbles. And although she did it from a distance, she brought the orphan to utter despair.

One day the same violinist was invited to the house of the prince, after the concert of which Netochka lost her parents. Memories flooded her with renewed vigor. The girl fell ill and was on the verge of death for several days. However, when her health went on the mend, the daughter of the prince returned from Moscow. Katya Netochka made friends. But the girls had to part: the prince's family was leaving for Moscow, and the orphan girl was sent to the home of her married daughter.

Alexandra Mihailovna

Sister Katya treated the orphan warmly. But in the new house, as it turned out, had their skeletons in the closet. Netochka, being in a constant anguish, found solace in the books. She secretly made her way to the library and read. Once in one of the books the girl found a letter addressed to Alexandra Mikhailovna. This message was written by her lover. Once she was in love, for which she deserved the disapproval of the society. Her husband - Peter Alexandrovich - forgave her, but for several years he blamed treason. Before appearing before his wife, this man always changed the expression of his face. From laughing he turned into a dull, from cheerful - into sullen.

Alexandra Mihailovna also suspected her husband of a love for Netechka. Unreasonable fault-finding, she believed, was for him only a way to hide feelings. The conflict led to the fact that the pupil was going to leave the house. However, Pyotr Alexandrovich's assistant unexpectedly stopped her.

This is the summary of the story "Netochka Nezvanova." Having become acquainted with it, however, it should be remembered that the works of classical literature should be read in full.

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