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Winter Notes on Summer Impressions OP

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  284 ratings  ·  23 reviews
In June 1862, Dostoevsky left Petersburg on his first excursion to Western Europe. Ostensibly making the trip to consult Western specialists about his epilepsy, he also wished to see firsthand the source of the Western ideas he believed were corrupting Russia. Over the course of his journey he visited a number of major cities, including Berlin, Paris, London, Florence, Mil ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Northwestern University Press (first published 1863)
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MJ Nicholls
Fyodor is the crotchetiest travel writer of the 19thC and this diary reads like Jeremy Clarkson Goes to France mixed with Karl Marx’s Further Criticisms of the Bourgeois Superstructure: Paris Edition. Two unpublished titles that sum up Fyodor’s critique of the French bourgeoisie, French attitudes and French gentlemen. He hates those damn frogs! Baguette-chomping cheese-eating surrender monkeys, set in their provincial ways! Curse those swine! And don’t get Fyodor started on those Polish Jews, oh ...more
Chiara Pagliochini
« È possibile che esista davvero una qualche combinazione chimica dello spirito umano col suolo natio, per la quale da questo suolo non ci si può staccare in alcun modo, e anche se ci si riuscisse, comunque vi si fa ritorno? »

A questa domanda, dopo il viaggio intrapreso in Europa nel 1862, Dostoevskij deve aver risposto di sì. Sì, c’è effettivamente una combinazione chimica dello spirito umano col suolo natio che impedisce, in certi casi, di godersi i viaggi.
Dostoevskij viaggia attraverso la Fr
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Ivana
I actually read Winter notes on the Summer Impressions(what would this work be called btw - a collection of essays, a non fiction book?) in the middle of reading Записки из Мертвого дома( I think it is called Notes from the Dead House in English but I'm not sure. Anyway, they are both in edition I have as are Notes from the Underworld.) I reckoned this will be something light, a pleasant change from the somewhat depressive Записки из Мертвого дома. More or less, that is what it was.

Winter notes
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Jaga
Apr 04, 2013 Jaga rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone interested in the 19th century French bourgeois
FD, in two months, traveled from Petersburg to Berlin, Dresden, Paris, London, Zürich, Florence, Venice, Vienna and back home. In this book, there are a few sentences about Germany, a splendid mini-chapter about London and then it's ALL Paris this, Paris that, the French bourgeois this or that (all preceded by "I won't tell you about France since it has been described widely enough"... yeah right). There isn't a single word about Switzerland, Italy or Austria, not to mention nonexistent countrie ...more
Frankie
Winter Notes on Summer Impressions was published in Vremya after Dostoevsky's first visit to Europe. I love it for its style and wit. Dostoevsky always had something in common with Voltaire, and it's most evident here. Through somewhat broad generalizations, the reader can sense an intuitive foreshadowing of British and French culture for years to come.

It only falls short in its unity and conclusion. It's also a little xenophobic and vindictive. I hope true fans will read this with the understa
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Ribquah Andreescu
"Unui parizian ii este de cele mai multe ori totuna : dragoste adevarata sau o buna simulare a dragostei. Si chiar ii place poate mai mult simularea. La Paris se manifesta din ce in ce mai mult o conceptie orientala asupra femeii. Camelia este din ce in ce mai mult la moda. "Ia banii si minte bine, adica simuleaza dragostea",iata ce i se cere Cameliei. "
Antrenat fie de un dispret magulitor,fie de spiritul legilor,Dostoievski contureaza portretul frantuzului-fals,cinstit,politicos si fara minte.
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Unbridled
Dostoevsky's 'journalism.' Bilious humor strikes the first note; cruel candor, the second; and still, I enjoyed it, particularly the last, bitterest chapter, where Dostoevsky savages the bourgeois Parisian couple. The style here reminds me of Notes from Underground, which remains my favorite Dostoevsky. And that is all. That is all for good, I think. I think this Goodreads experiment is over for me. I don’t think anyone reads these reviews, so there is no point in spilling seed. Like the boxer, ...more
أحمد الكيلانى
مذكرات شتاء عن انطباعات صيف هى احد مذكرات ديستوفسكى التى كتبها بأسلوب السرد القصصى عن رحلته لأوربا حيث زار فيها مدن كانجلترا و فرنسا و المانيا وقد قرأت هذا الكتاب فى نسخة مكتبة الاسرة والموجودة بالمجلد السادس للاعمال الكاملة للمؤلف وهى فى حوالى مائة صفحة وللامانة لم افهم الكثير من المقدمة التى تتحدث عن فترة وشخصيات روسية كما ان الجزء الخاص بزيارة انجلترا و المانيا كان بين السطور ولكن رحلة فرنسا هى التى شرحها وإن كان يغلب عليها طابع المبالغة والسخرية من المواطن و المرأة الفرنسية ولكنى اجد ان بوصف ...more
Lila
it's like the blog entries dostoevsky wrote after his summer-backpacking-across-europe
TarasProkopyuk
Ой, какое чудесное произведение Достоевского! Это что-то новое. В этой работе я узнал нечто другого Достоевского. Хотя первая треть, а то и половина книги мне не понравилась, но зато вся остальная её часть - глоток свежего воздуха. Для меня это был совсем другой Достоевский, совсем другой почерк гения я увидел.

Фёдор Михайлович показал европейские устои и европейскую мораль с такого ракурса, о котором даже и не подозревал. Нет, может в щель то и часто заглядывал, но никогда не подозревал о такой
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Dr Nick
Bad holidays. We've all had them. Indeed with cheap air flight and traffic gridlock the norm across continents a big chunk of even the most relaxing break can be taken up by a re-enactment of one of the levels of Dante's Inferno - probably one where those blooming suitcases on wheels keep banging into you.
It wasn't always thus the erudite (whoever they are) cry - the Victorian Grand Tour allowed the Elite to relax and wallow in the cultural dominance of the haute bourgeois. Quaint boarding house
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F.J. Nanic
Although written more than a century ago, it's highly recommended for every American that has never been overseas. It'll help him understand better the differences between all those nations that had come over here and formed this melting pot. In fact, it's fascinating that in his genes he might be harboring all of those juxtaposing characters.
I love the part when he is in Germany visiting Cologne:
"The bridge is excellent, of course, and the town is justly proud of it, but I thought it was too pr
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Hannah Gould
Though Dostoevsky claims that this work is about his summer journey through Europe, it is at least as much, if not more, about Russia. In the first chapter, "In Place of an Introduction," Dostoevsky warns that he has no idea how to properly represent the countries he visited partially because his impressions were so brief and subjective, and partially because his contemporary Russians already knew a great deal about Europe; many had already traveled there, and literate, educated Russians at the ...more
Brandon
Essential reading for anyone interested in D's career and idiology. Also, he is hilarious, which is often overlooked. Short, but worth tracking down—I had to use an inter-library loan program to get a hold of it.
Anne Nikoline
Oct 11, 2013 Anne Nikoline rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of non-fiction, political themes, travel novels
Recommended to Anne Nikoline by: read for class
"Winter Notes on Summer Impressions" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a fast and interesting read which I read for my French class at the university. Dostoyevsky give a great view on France as traveller from outside of the country and adds his rather negative or ambivalent points of view on the society and its people. I cannot say what I particularly liked about this book, but I read it in one setting and it was interesting, but also a bit confusing because the author does not separate his travels but ...more
Michel Van Goethem
Winter Notes on Summer Impressions
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Peter
Dostoevsky's commentary on the German, English and French national characters based on a short trip he made in the 1860s. The observations can be quite humorous although one wonders whether he crosses the line into stereotype especially with the French.
Michael
Not Dostoevsky at his best, but interesting enough. Not so much a reminisence of his first European jaunt, as a sustained attack on European, and particularly French, bourgeoise society.
Catherine
I did not like Cologne Cathedral at all the first time: it seemed to me like lace, lace, nothing but lace.

-Dostoyevksy, Winter Notes on Summer Impressions
Brad
An unconscionably good title for a lesser, (in every sense,) work by FD.
Stella
Worth reading for chapter 6 alone for its relevance and wit.
D
Dostoevsky: better at fiction.
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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.

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