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The essential entries from Dostoevsky's complete Diary, called his boldest experiment in literary form, are now available in this abridged edition; it is a uniquely encyclopedic forum of fictional and nonfictional genres. A Writer's Diary began as a column in a literary journal, but by 1876 Dostoevsky was able to bring it out as a complete monthly publication with himself ...more
Paperback, Abridged, 648 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by Northwestern University Press (first published 1881)
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Robert
Mar 19, 2012 Robert rated it liked it
Review: A Writer’s Diary by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Volume 1 (1873-1876)

I’m almost tempted to say that Dostoevsky became the first blogger when he decided to publish a monthly diary, paid for by subscriptions, in 1873. This literary experiment includes everything from letters, literary battles, and short stories to fragments of poems, recollections and long polemics focused on Russia’s system of justice (which had undergone a substantial reform in the previous decade.)

It’s a whopper of a book, over 7
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Fernando
Sep 23, 2015 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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La edición completa del Diario de un Escritor tiene 1600 páginas. Está, sólo 300. Además de Escritor, Dostoievski era periodista y podía hacer ensayos realmente extensos a partir de pequeñas notas que leía en los periódicos. Siempre me pregunto cómo hacía para escribir tanto! Realmente admirable...
Marius
Nietzsche a spus despre Dostoievski că este singurul psiholog de la care mai poate învăţa ceva. A spus psiholog şi nu a spus politician sau economist sau filosof.

Amintind acest lucru trebuie să spun că la politică Dostoievski e varză. Şi nu doar că bate câmpii dar o face cu fanatism şi înflăcărare. Îţi vine chiar să-i spui: dacă tăceai, filosof rămâneai.

Cam o treime de carte, Dostoievski te sâcâie cu „problema Orientului” şi cu panslavismul. De exemplu, spre sfârşit, calul lui de bătaie devine L
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Junta
Mar 17, 2016 Junta marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Fellow Dostoyevsky fans?
Recommended to Junta by: The Myth of Sisyphus
All of Dostoyevsky's heroes question themselves as to the meaning of life. In this they are modern: they do not fear ridicule. What distinguishes modern sensibility from classical sensibility is that the latter thrives on moral problems and the former on metaphysical problems. In Dostoyevsky's novels the question is propounded with such intensity that it can only invite extreme solutions. Existence is illusory or it is eternal. If Dostoyevsky were satisfied with this inquiry, he would be a philo
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Andreea
Jul 18, 2014 Andreea rated it really liked it
Well...let me think. It is Dostoievski, but somehow different, as expected, probably. I was kind of surprised, as I was assuming he will talk more about his literary work, how did he come to write certain novels. Of course, you may guess some of his drivers, but the focus is not on him, but on Russian people. I have been impressed all the time I was reading it (three volumes of about 400 pages) about his great love, respect and hopes he had for the people. So, actually it is about putting face t ...more
Steve Evans
Mar 27, 2012 Steve Evans rated it it was amazing
This is a specialist book, or at least for those who are pretty keen on the author. For them, it is a treasure trove of the good and bad aspects of one of the greatest of all writers. The English translation contains about half the text of what was a periodical put out in the years follwing the publication of The Adolescent and before Dostoevsky began serious work on The Brothers Karamazov. It contains some wonderful stories, some interesting analyses of current affairs and accounts of intervent ...more
Alex Zbarcea
Ma asteptam sa fie un pic mai personala.

Treateaza prea mult cauza Rusiei si a ortodoxismului. N-are nimic in comun cu celelalte opere ale sale, si nici nu mi-am dat seama cum a putut acest om sa scrie niste opere extraordinare, iar in jurnalul sau sa fie interesat de cu totul alte probleme.

Totusi, e un capitol interesant (daca mi-l mai amintesc bine), cand pleaca la bai in Germania si este pur si simplu uimit de diferenta dintre functionarul public rus si cel neamt. Cel neamt il trata cu respec
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Oguz Eren
Dostoyevski'nin başta bir dergide yazdığı köşe, sonra da bizzat kendi çıkardığı derginin adı, "Bir Yazarın Günlüğü". Kendisi dergi olarak yaklaşık iki sene boyunca düzenli olarak çıkarmış; 1876-1877 yıllarında. Ardından sağlık sorunları dolayısıyla 3 sene kadar ara veriyor; 1880'de çıkardığı tek sayı dışında. 1881'de tekrar düzenli yayına heves etse de bir sayıdan fazlasına ömrü vefa etmiyor.

Dolayısıyla 1200 sayfalık bir külliyat kalmış, bu makalelerden. Bu 1200 sayfa bilmediğimiz Dostoyevski'yi
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Bettie☯
Nov 16, 2014 Bettie☯ marked it as wish-list
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"One November night in the 1870s, legendary Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky (November 11, 1821–February 9, 1881) discovered the meaning of life in a dream — or, at least, the protagonist in his final short story did. The piece, which first appeared in the altogether revelatory A Writer’s Diary (public library) under the title “The Dream of a Queer Fellow” and was later published separately as The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, explores themes similar to those in Dostoyevsky’s
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John
Jun 09, 2013 John rated it it was ok
En samling med noveller och artiklar som Dostojevskij skrev åren innan Bröderna Karamazov publicerades. Om man känner till Dostojevskij är det ingen överraskning att de politiska åsikterna är ganska vrickade. Ett egensinnigt hopkok av rysk nationalism, kristendom och vissa progressiva idéer. Han argumenterar bl a passionerat för att Ryssland ska erövra Istanbul och återinföra det Bysantiska riket. Det har talats en del om hans antisemitism. Det man kan läsa här är väl inte så mycket värre än vad ...more
Autumn
Jan 30, 2012 Autumn rated it liked it
there's some russian political stuff in here that i wasn't really up on, so those parts were a bit dry for me, and then the anti-semitic rants were not great. but overall it's another perspective into d.'s writing, his (conservative) political and religious leanings that inform his fiction, and there are some little mini-stories sprinkled in as well. i'd describe it as an abridged, grumpy russian mcsweeney's written by one brilliant but probably difficult person.
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Mar 26, 2015 Emma rated it really liked it
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Kathy
Nov 03, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not really a diary, per se, but a collection of published articles written in the 1870s by Dostoevsky expressing his opinion on various topics. I thought it was invaluable in understanding such terms as Pan-Slavism, Slavophiles and Westerners, Moscow the third Rome and the divine mission of Russia as viewed by the intelligentsia of the day. Very long.
Gerardo B.
Ninguna genialidad, pero Dostoyevsky es Dostoyevsky.
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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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