Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Fyodor Dostoevsky (Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский) (November 11 1821 – February 9 1881) is a Russian author famous for his lengthy novels about society, social mores, and morality in Tzarist Russia. In his novels he explores human psychology in the troubled political, social and spiritual-Christian context of his contemporary Russian society.

His major works include The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment. Though his works are not truly existentialist, they are dark and daunting as the main characters frequently search for an illusive meaning of life.

Like many intellectuals of his day who challenged the power and rights of the Tzar, Dostoevsky was exiled to Siberia. This 10 year experience would frame his views of the world, and change his writings from those of a young naive intellectual to the questing, challenging author he became.

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His final work before his death, The Brothers Karamazov is considered one of the greatest novels ever written by such Philosophers as Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. In it, the character Ivan Karamazov states, "If there is no immortality, there is no virtue".


  • Poor Folk 1846
  • The Double: A Petersburg Poem 1846
  • Netochka Nezvanova 1849
  • The Village of Stepanchikovo 1859
  • The House of the Dead 1860
  • The Insulted and Humiliated 1861
  • A Nasty Story 1862
  • Notes from Underground 1864
  • Crime and Punishment 1866
  • The Gambler 1867
  • The Idiot 1869
  • The Possessed 1872
  • The Raw Youth 1875
  • The Brothers Karamazov 1880
  • A Writer's Diary (1873-1881)

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