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Title: Dostoiévski
Post by: Chrysanthemus on April 21, 2006, 03:24:53 pm

I was quite surprised that noone has created a topic about this author. well, at least I didn't find any.
I'm currently reading Idiot, which I started last thursday, I'm only on page 100, although the book is like a read non-stop book. I found it in a shelf in my study-room and as I was feeling bored and sick I thought I should give it a try, and it was worth it ;D

Are there any fans out there?
which of his books do you think is the best one?


Title: Re:Dostoiévski
Post by: lollady on April 22, 2006, 08:58:28 am

I have read Dostoyevsky looong long ago and don't so well remember the details or even the storylines in his books. I've just got the overall impression that the atmosphere in his books is dark and very intense. It is said that his best work is Crime and Punishment (now, what actually is the title in English?) It tells about a young man called Raskol'nikov who murderes an old woman with an axe. The writer then describes how he sufferes inside when trying to live as before and hiding his crime. It's very much about guilt and honesty on a very deep level, I guess..?
You might enjoy The Brothers of Karamazov more, though. :)

Talking about Russian literature, I personally enjoy most the stories by Turgenev and thick wonderful novels by Lev Tolstoy - have you read something from him?

Title: Re:Dostoiévski
Post by: Chrysanthemus on April 23, 2006, 07:37:19 am

this is my first contact with russian literature.

Crime and Punishment seems to be far more intense than The Idiot.
I'm liking it so far, although it is yet soon to draw the actual plot outline. So far I can tell it is about what we think it's crazy and the actual insanity of our world and the relation with pureness of heart. The characers are deeply analised, and the social problems of those time are also issued.

I have to write down all those auhors on my summer to read list.

how is Tolstoy? themes and so on?

I have never heard of Turgenev though :-[

Title: Re:Dostoiévski
Post by: lollady on April 24, 2006, 01:48:03 pm

There is an impressive amount of literature online e.g. on the sites of The Gutenberg Project and
Here’s something I found about Turgenev, Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy:

Authors index of The Gutenberg-project:

Authors index on the site

About Turgenev:

Turgenev: Rudin (e-book)

Tolstoy: Anna Karenina (e-book)

Tolstoy: War and Peace (e-book)

I love most this book, its awesome! It’s a historical novel telling about the invasion of Napoleon’s troops into Russia, to Moscow. There’s history of Napoleon and the Russian nation in the early 19’th century, relationships between the generations, birth and death, loyalty and human weakness, wonderful sceneries and descriptions of the nature, there are heart breaking and beautiful romances, battles, Czars and soldiers, life of the rich people and the poor, charming young women and gentlemen, politics, philosophy, there’s everything! The characters of Tolstoy are complicated, like real people, you can simply fall in love with them.

Ok, this was not about Dostoyevsky, sorry.. ::)

Dostoyevsky: Crime and Punishment (e-book)

or here:


Title: Re:Dostoiévski
Post by: Chrysanthemus on April 24, 2006, 04:54:38 pm

wow thanks so much for that links!
Although it really is weird for me to read online ::)

perhaps I should change the title of the thread to Russian autors or something, but I don't know how to do it, I guess only mods can do that :)

Anyway, I think that one of the best things about these russion authors is that capacity to describe real people and make us hate and love them as if they were indeed real!

Don't you sometimes have trouble with the names?

Title: Re:Dostoiévski
Post by: Poopsmith on May 11, 2006, 07:42:24 pm

I began reading Crime and Punishment in about mid-march, but I kind of got sidetracked and I haven't really picked it up again. I really like the characters Dostoyevsky creates because they're either really extreme characters or they're complete head cases.

Title: Re:Dostoiévski
Post by: Xenake on May 14, 2006, 05:32:14 pm

I've tried reading Crime and Punishment not too long ago, but I find it a very difficult book, so I just stopped reading

Title: Re:Dostoiévski
Post by: neurotically_yours on May 26, 2006, 12:59:42 am

I have to read "Crime and Punishment" for school (summer reading!), and I've already started - it seems really good so far (I've only read the first chapter). It seems a bit like a psychological thriller. I can't wait to discuss next year. I actually think I'll like reading it, which is odd because I usually hate murder stories; although I love Dickens and he wrote about death and murder a lot. Maybe it's the way the "classic" authors handled it; it's different from modern day writing, not as pyschological and "angsty".

Title: Re:Dostoiévski
Post by: Caz on June 03, 2006, 03:45:30 pm

on 1145912078, *Maria* wrote:
perhaps I should change the title of the thread.. but I don't know how to do it..

[color=Blue]If you click on modify in your first message, you can change the title of your thread, if you want. :)

I must admit that I've only read Crime and Punishment (a few years ago) but I love the book. :D[/color]

Title: Re:Dostoiévski
Post by: jubeth on July 03, 2007, 08:06:53 pm

I read Crime and Punishment when I was 16 and loved it but I've never managed to finish any of his other books, I tried reading The Brothers Karamazov and The Idiot but had to give up.

Title: Re:Dostoiévski
Post by: LijFrodo on July 09, 2007, 09:28:36 am

I'll read " Crime and Punishment " in shortest time.I never have read Dostoiévski ! My fave is " Victor Hugo " But,I'll do !!

Title: Re:Dostoiévski
Post by: alanah5115 on July 09, 2007, 10:31:14 am

^^ it`s a wonderful book; it`s a little dificult but I`m sure you`ll love it.

Title: Re:Dostoiévski
Post by: Colleen on July 09, 2007, 10:41:22 am

i'm currently reading Crime and Punishment for school...we have a crazy long list of book choices to read, then we have to choose three and write a book report-type thing for each due at random points over the summer. needless to say, considering if it were any other way i wouldn't be posting in here, i chose Crime and Punishment for one of those 3 books. i haven't read much of it yet...only about a page, but i've heard it's really really good, so i'm quite looking forward to reading it. :)

Title: Re:Dostoiévski
Post by: alanah5115 on July 09, 2007, 11:18:32 am

I read Crime and Punishement in highschool and it was the firs book I ever fell in love with. It took me about 3 or 4 days to read it. I just couldn`t stop( the only time I took a break from it was at school during classes if teachers asked me to pay attention). I didn`t need anything else just that book; it`s like I was hypnotised by it.
Best book I ever read!

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