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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...read more
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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The Idiot

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Revised by Anna Brailovsky
Translated by Constance Garnett
Introduction by Joseph Frank

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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

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Crime and Punishment

Pevear & Volokhonsky Translation

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

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The Idiot

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Constance Garnett
Introduction by Anne Hruska


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