Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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born
in Moscow, Russian Federation
November 11, 1821

died
February 09, 1881

gender
male

genre

influences


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Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский), sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th century novel.

Dostoevsky was the second son of a former army doctor. He was educated at home and at a private school. Shortly after the death of his mother in 1837 he was sent to St. Petersburg, where he entered the Army Engineering College. Dostoevsky's father died in 1839, most likely of apoplexy, but it was rumored that he was murdered by his own serfs. Dostoevsky graduated as a military engineer, but resigned in 1844 to devote himself to writing. His first novel, Poor Folk appeared...more


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More books by Fyodor Dostoyevsky…
“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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November 2014 Revisit the Shelf Classics Poll

1860, The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, 672 pages
 
  22 votes, 15.3%

1953, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 238 pages
 
  18 votes, 12.5%

 
  15 votes, 10.4%

 
  14 votes, 9.7%

 
  12 votes, 8.3%

 
  11 votes, 7.6%

1898, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, 192 pages
 
  10 votes, 6.9%

 
  10 votes, 6.9%

 
  9 votes, 6.3%

1935, Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier, 320 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.6%

 
  8 votes, 5.6%

 
  7 votes, 4.9%

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