Dostoyevskian


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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.

Dos′to·yev′ski·an adj.
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Adj.1.Dostoyevskian - of or relating to or in the style of Feodor Dostoevski
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Presented as prose poems, which taken together have a tragic Dostoyevskian quality, this story builds Mathematically.
The Dostoyevskian figure is endowed with acute sensitivity, and he is consumed by a burning hate at the memory of the humiliations he had suffered, but his dreams of revenge crumble because he is certain they are doomed to fail.
Scott is very drawn to the Dostoyevskian Weber of Politics as a Vocation with its strong sense of realpolitik.
Despite her stories being like Hitchcock commingled with a Dostoyevskian ambiance, she is regarded as a literary writer.
MANILA -- "Norte" tells the Dostoyevskian stories of a law school dropout and an impoverished couple whose fates are linked, and altered, by the brutal murder of a loan shark.
His Dostoyevskian cri de coeur--"Can I ever be forgiven?"--uttered amid a circle of evangelical Christians praying over his fate, seems a matter of waning concern to Fabian as he, like the tormented narrator in Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground, attempts to "drown out the clamor" in himself and ends up "completely outside" society in self-imposed isolation.
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.
So, the first novel to come along in years that takes on deep and Dostoyevskian themes is written by only a half-competent and narcissistic young pen.
His books make all the right postmodern noises, but their energy lies in their besotted relationship to an older, Dostoyevskian tradition, in which we feel the desperate impress of the confessing author, however recessed and veiled.
Instead, of course, Ginsberg went on to become a spokesperson for the emerging counterculture and for what Tietchen terms the "Dostoyevskian strange": that "sense of personal genius and acceptance of all strangeness in people as their nobility." Ginsberg describes this as a "sort of Dostoyevskian-Shakespearean know [...] of things as mortal, tearful, transient, sacred"--a mode of awareness that, "realizing the relativity and limitation of all judgments and discriminations," challenges orthodox political classifications (136).
Written by different authors, Janos is described as a "holy idiot," (21) "wise fool" (22) and "a Dostoyevskian holy fool." (23) This message is very implicit in the film, but the observations are in accord with the way in which the character in the novel is portrayed.
The elements of this story seem drawn from the Dostoyevskian lower depths but reconfigured by a stern moralist, a sort of Contra Notes from Underground.