I have no desire to meet my doppelgänger.Hell would be a place filled with our own doubles,I think.

There are many literary examples of a double showing up and causing mayhem: Superman. Xander (from Buffy). The Nutty Professor.

Captain Kirk met his double twice, in The Enemy Within and Mirror Mirror.

It always seems to come down to the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde idea: one of the personalities is strong and powerful, and the other kindly, but also too meek and indecisive. There follows a struggle to see which one is the better man. Whatever happens next, the moral is that we need both aspects to be a whole person.

Mr. Golyadkin in The Double is confronted with his doppelgänger.This situation is different than those I've mentioned, for there is no split between the weak and strong personality traits. The guy isall weak. I guess that makes this more of a parody.Before the encounter, he is shown to be vain and petty and ineffective.He goes on fake shopping trips for expensive goodswhich he never actually buys,seemingly to impress store clerks and himself of his own importance.

So when Golyadkin doesmeet his double, it really is his double. There is no need to get back to another dimension and somehow integrate. The enjoyment of this book is the comical situations that arise from these meetings. Yet it is nightmarish at the same time because the manis simply going insane.We are only ever in Golyadkin's head, 3rd person limited,and the clues from the other characters make it fairly clear that there really is nodouble.

Written in 1846, The Double is Dostoyevsky's second novel and it wasn't well received. He revised the novel in 1866 and that is the version we read today.It's a complicated psychological study. And it's fun. What more could you want?