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or Dos·to·ev·ski  (dŏs′tə-yĕf′skē, -toi-, dŭs-), Feodor Mikhailovich 1821-1881.
Russian writer whose works, such as the novels Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), and The Brothers Karamazov (1880), combine religious mysticism with profound psychological insight.

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Adj.1.Dostoyevskian - of or relating to or in the style of Feodor Dostoevski
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His Dostoyevskian cri de coeur--"Can I ever be forgiven?
A fully Dostoyevskian character, Carton begins as a lower-class dandy, reckless, cynical, indolent, devoid of ambition, negligent, indifferent toward his own abilities and God-given talents.
Written by different authors, Janos is described as a "holy idiot," (21) "wise fool" (22) and "a Dostoyevskian holy fool.
Focusing on the mother's vanity, the father's materialism and the daughter's ingratitude, David Golder could serve as a melodrama for the Yiddish stage, yet its Dostoyevskian intensity makes it difficult to put down.
He ponders spiritual matters in Bresson and his contemporaries from such perspectives as tragedy and homily in Days of Wrath, close encounters of a devilish kind in Pialat's Under the Sun of Satan, mirabile visu et dictu in Loach's Raining Stones and Rohmer's A Tale of Winter, the space of time and the sound of silence in Ozon's Under the Sand and Tsai's What Time Is It There, The Passion of Christ and the new cinema of violence, and Dostoyevskian surges and Bressonian spirits in Kerrigan's Keane and Bresson's Une Femme douce.
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This is a change of quantity into quality: if the narrator of The Puzzles of Childhood and the Quest for Grace reveals a certain Dostoyevskian angst, the diarist appears, at times, positively deranged: an utterly self-excoriating character, obsessed with the 'flaws in his clay'.
Years earlier Whittaker Chambers, whom Trilling had known when they were undergraduates in the 1920s, had sat on a bench in that peaceful quadrangle and tried to decide whether he should join the Communist Party or commit suicide--a Dostoyevskian moment.
FROM THE BEGINNING of her by now long career, Joyce Carol Oates has always been a writer to conjure with, taking up the aesthetic legacy of Flannery O'Connor and embracing the Dostoyevskian themes of crime and punishment, sin and redemption.
We identify with the Dostoyevskian view of the modern world that a peaceful and sustainable existence cannot be found via a universal solvent to remove, cut through or somehow transcend all our differences.
Along the way, National Review brought aboard a galaxy of colorful characters, some of them little known, some Dickensian and even Dostoyevskian.