Fyodor Dostoyevsky: A Writer's Life

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Fawcett Columbine, Jan 1, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 437 pages
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Kjetsaa tells the dramatic story of how Dostoyevsky, the son of an irascible minor aristocrat, rose rapidly to fame as a writer and just as rapidly lost everything--almost including his life--for his liberal political views. Kjetsaa vividly recreates Dostoyevsky's last-minute rescue from a firing squad and explores how his long imprisonment in Siberia profoundly shaped his vision as a novelist.

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In this one-volume account of Dostoyevsky's life and work, Professor Kjetsaa (Univ. of Oslo) vividly describes the complex intellectual drama of late 19th-century Russia. The book is admirable in ... Read full review



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Siri Hustvedt is an internationally known novelist whose works have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Her first novel, The Blindfold, quickly found a worldwide audience, and her subsequent books include The Enchantment of Lily Dahl; the international bestseller What I Loved; The Sorrows of an American; her memoir The Shaking Woman, or, A History of My Nerves; and her most recent novel The Summer without Men. Hustvedt has also published numerous essays on artists including Johannes Vermeer, Richard Allen Morris, Kiki Smith, and Gerhard Richter.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), one of nineteenth-century Russia's greatest novelists, spent four years in a convict prison in Siberia, after which he was obliged to enlist in the army. In later years his penchant for gambling sent him deeply into debt. Most of his important works were written after 1864.
David McDuff was educated at the University of Edinburgh and has translated a number of works for Penguin Classics, including Dostoyevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov,

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