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Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Fyodor Mikailovich Dostoevsky’s life was as dark and dramatic as the great novels he wrote. He was born in Moscow in 1821,hroat until he strangled. A short first novel, Poor Folk (1846) brought him instant success, but his writing career was cut short by his arrest for alleged subversion against Tsar Nicholas I in 1849. In prison he was given the “silent treatment” for eight months (guards even wore velvet soled boots) before he was led in front a firing squad. Dressed in a death shroud, he faced an open grave and awaited execution, when suddenly, an order arrived commuting his sentence. He then spent four years at hard labor in a Siberian prison, where he began to suffer from epilepsy, and he returned to St. Petersburg only a full ten years after he had left in chains.

His prison experiences coupled with his conversion to a profoundly religious philosophy formed the basis for his great novels. But it was his fortuitous marriage to Anna Snitkina, following a period of utter destitution brought about by his compulsive gambling, that gave Dostoevsky the emotional stability to complete Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1868-69), The Possessed (1871-72), and The Brothers Karamazov (1879-80). When Dostoevsky died in 1881, he left a legacy of masterworks that influenced the great thinkers and writers of the Western world and immortalized him as a giant among writers of world literature.

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Russian Literature
The Complete Short Novels; The Brothers Karamazov; Crime and Punishment; Dead Souls; Collected Stories; Anna Karenina; The Sportsman's Notebook
Written by Anton Chekhov, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Nikolai Gogol, Alexander Pushkin and Leo Tolstoy


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: December 21, 2010
Price: $168.00

A collection of great and beloved works of Russian literature from classic novels to masterly stories, including translations by award winners Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, in beautiful, enduring hardcover editions with elegant cloth sewn bindings, gold stamped covers, and silk ribbon markers.

Titles included:
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Brothers Karamazov by... Read more >

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The Adolescent

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 2004
Price: $17.95

The narrator and protagonist of Dostoevsky’s novel The Adolescent (first published in English as A Raw Youth) is Arkady Dolgoruky, a naïve 19-year-old boy bursting with ambition and opinions. The illegitimate son of a dissipated landowner, he is torn between his desire to expose his father’s wrongdoing and the desire to... Read more >
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The Adolescent

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Hardcover, 520 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 11, 2003
Price: $23.00

Originally published in English as A Raw Youth, The Adolescent is markedly different in tone from Dostoevsky’s other masterpieces. It is told from the point of view of the 19-year-old protagonist, whose immaturity, freshness, and naievete are unforgettably reflected in his narrative voice. The illegitimate son of a landowner, Arkady Dolgoruky... Read more >
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The Adolescent

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: eBook, 608 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $12.99

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The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by David Magarshack


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 11, 2012
Price: $11.99

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The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by David Magarshack


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $15.00

This collection, unique to the Modern Library, gathers seven of Dostoevsky's key works and shows him to be equally adept at the short story as with the novel. Exploring many of the same themes as in his longer works, these small masterpieces move from the tender and romantic White Nights, an... Read more >
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The Brothers Karamazov

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky


Format: Paperback, 1072 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: April 1, 1984
Price: $7.99

Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel, The Karamazov Brothers (1880), is both a brilliantly told crime story and a passionate philosophical debate. The dissolute landowner Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov is murdered; his sons - the atheist intellectual Ivan, the hot-blooded Dmitry, and the saintly novice Alyosha - are all at some level involved... Read more >
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The Brothers Karamazov

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky


Format: eBook, 1072 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: October 19, 2011
Price: $7.99

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The Brothers Karamazov

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Constance Garnett


Format: Hardcover, 912 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 23, 1996
Price: $24.00

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The Brothers Karamazov

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Hardcover, 840 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 28, 1992
Price: $27.00

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The Brothers Karamazov

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Constance Garnett


Format: eBook, 912 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: March 28, 2012
Price: $12.99

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Crime and Punishment

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Constance Garnett
Introduction by Ernest J. Simmons


Format: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: August 30, 1994
Price: $21.00

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Crime and Punishment

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Constance Garnett


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: November 4, 2003
Price: $6.99

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Crime and Punishment

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Constance Garnett


Format: Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: October 15, 1996
Price: $6.99

A young university student sets out to prove that he is a superior human being capable of committing the perfect murder. Crime and Punishment (1866) is the story of a murder committed on principle, of a killer who wishes by his action to set himself outside and above society. A novel... Read more >
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Crime and Punishment
Pevear & Volokhonsky Translation
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: May 25, 1993
Price: $24.00

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Crime and Punishment
Pevear & Volokhonsky Translation
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 2, 1993
Price: $17.95

Ever since it's publication in 1866, Crime and Punishment has intrigued readers and sorely tested translators, the best of whom seem to capture one fact of Dostoevsky's masterpiece while missing the rest. Now, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky render this elusive and wildly innovative novel with an energy, suppleness, and range... Read more >
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Crime and Punishment

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: eBook, 592 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 2012
Price: $7.99

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Crime and Punishment

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Constance Garnett


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 7, 1999
Price: $7.99

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Demons

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky


Format: Hardcover, 776 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 24, 2000
Price: $26.00

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Demons

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $18.95

Dostoevsky conceived Demons as a "novel-pamphlet" in which he would say everything about the plague of materialist ideology that he saw infecting his native land. He emerged with, in 1872, a ferociously funny and dark novel. Alongside its relentlessly escalating plot of conspiracy and assassination, Demons (earlier titled The Possessed) is... Read more >
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Demons

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: eBook, 768 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 19, 2010
Price: $9.99

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The Double and the Gambler

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 16, 2007
Price: $11.99

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The Double and The Gambler

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 16, 2007
Price: $15.95

The award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have given us the definitive version of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s strikingly original short novels, The Double and The Gambler.

The Double is a surprisingly modern hallucinatory nightmare–foreshadowing Kafka and Sartre–in which a minor official named Goliadkin becomes aware of a mysterious doppelganger, a man who... Read more >
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The Double and The Gambler

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $22.00

The two strikingly original short novels brought together here—in new translations by award-winning translators—were both literary gambles of a sort for Dostoevsky.

The Double, written in Dostoevsky’s youth, was a sharp turn away from the realism of his first novel, Poor Folk. The first real expression of his genius, The Double... Read more >
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The Eternal Husband and Other Stories

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: January 3, 2012
Price: $15.00

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