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BRIEF LIVES: FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY

BRIEF LIVES: FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY

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by Anthony Briggs

A new short biography of the author of Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, by pre-eminent Russian scholar Professor Anthony Briggs.

Described by one contemporary as ‘the Shakespeare of the lunatic asylum’, Dostoevsky famously divided critics during his lifetime. His childhood and family life have been the subject of scrutiny, most famously in inspiring Freud’s essay ‘Dostoevsky and Parricide’. In later life his membership of the Petrashevsky Circle of liberal intellectuals resulted in his prosecution by the authorities: he was forced to attend a mock execution and then exiled for four years to a Siberian prison camp. In this new biography Anthony Briggs explores the effect of Dostoevsky’s turbulent life on his literary genius.

Publication date: 01/11/2011