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(ˌdɒstɔɪˈɛfskɪ; Russian dəstaˈjɛfskij) ,






(Biography) Fyodor Mikhailovich (ˈfjɔdər miˈxajləvitʃ). 1821–81, Russian novelist, the psychological perception of whose works has greatly influenced the subsequent development of the novel. His best-known works are Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1868), The Possessed (1871), and The Brothers Karamazov (1879–80)


or Dos•to•yev•sky

(ˌdɒs təˈyɛf ski, ˌdʌs-)

Fyodor Mikhailovich, 1821–81, Russian novelist.
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A few words about Dostoevsky himself may help the English reader to understand his work.
Though always sickly and delicate Dostoevsky came out third in the final examination of the Petersburg school of Engineering.
Though neither by temperament nor conviction a revolutionist, Dostoevsky was one of a little group of young men who met together to read Fourier and Proudhon.
The intense suffering of this experience left a lasting stamp on Dostoevsky's mind.
In the words of a Russian critic, who seeks to explain the feeling inspired by Dostoevsky: "He was one of ourselves, a man of our blood and our bone, but one who has suffered and has seen so much more deeply than we have his insight impresses us as wisdom .
This evening she had twisted the words of Dostoevsky to suit her mood--a fatalistic mood-- to proclaim that the process of discovery was life, and that, presumably, the nature of one's goal mattered not at all.
Examining Austrian-British philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein's (1889-1951) reading of Russian novelist Dostoevsky (1821-81), Lobo focuses on the ubiquity of visual and physiognomy motifs in his novels, a common feature of 19th-century realist novels.
Early in the morning on 28 January, 1881, Dostoevsky woke his wife and told her of his clear conviction that he would die that day.
This is such a tale of human morality and human failing that Dostoevsky recreates a moral code without need of a god.
In The Brothers Karamazov, Ivan Karamazov delivers a diatribe on theodicy: assailing Christianity and faith in a God who lets innocent children suffer, he states that there is a "peculiar quality [that] exists in much of mankind--this love of torturing children, but only children." (1) Undeniably, the physical and psychological abuse of children is a recurrent theme in Fyodor Dostoevsky's fiction and journalism, particularly in his Writer's Diary (2)
Malcolm explained: "I guess if you mixed Dostoevsky with Roald Dahl and added a sprinkling of an old Russian fairy tale, stirred it all up with Pan's shadow and a spoonful of Witch's drool, you'd have something like The Beginning Woods.