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

Polls

2014 Third Quarter Long Read-Final Poll for Top Ten

1873, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, 964 pages
 
  50 votes, 21.5%

1860, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, 505 pages
 
  29 votes, 12.4%

1954, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1178 pages
 
  26 votes, 11.2%

1957, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, 1168 pages
 
  25 votes, 10.7%

 
  25 votes, 10.7%

 
  19 votes, 8.2%

 
  17 votes, 7.3%

 
  16 votes, 6.9%

1874, Middlemarch by George Eliot, 904 pages
 
  14 votes, 6.0%

800BC, The Iliad by Homer, 683 pages
 
  12 votes, 5.2%

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