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Dostoyevsky was a great Russian writer, essayist philosopher and a prominent figure in world literature.
His writings explore deep themes of psychology, philosophy, politics, religion, unexplored depths and mysteries of the world and the human soul. They are often cited as ‘existentialist’ in their general tendency. Dostoyevsky is often acknowledged by critics as one of the greatest psychologists in world literature.
The great variety of characters and points of view, diversity of opposite "voices", sealed by the unity of the author's position, unexpected turn of events, the paradoxes, scandals and detective plot are determined the success of Dostoevsky's novels.
At the core of his worldview is an absoluteness of the intrinsic value of human Self, superfluity of man in relation to the reality and the text, a potential infinity of its capabilities.
"Do not look at what our people do. Look at what they seek. The absoluteness of human "Self" reach absurd in intellectual underground hero conclusions: "I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea."
Most of his mature novels are the whole Macrocosm, permeated and riddled by existential and tragic vision of his creator. His attention to the essential basics of real human existence, artistic revelation of the human sense of the such concepts as good and evil, conscience, happiness made him a giant among novelists. His understanding of depth, complexity and irrationalism of the human soul, the intricacies of character, enormously complex plot and powerful narrative style made him the greatest authors who strongly influenced on 20th century literature.
Friedrich Nietzsche acknowledged that Dostoevsky was the only psychologist from whom he could learn something. Dostoevsky himself said by the Stavrogin words (Possessed, 1872): ".. I do not like spies and psychologists, at least those that climb into my soul."
Dostoevsky began his writing career in the tradition of the "social tale" of the early 1840s, with his first novel, Poor Folk (1846). It was an immediate critical and popular success.
In his second novel, The Double (1846), he gave a profound analysis of the divided human mind.
The short stories and novels he wrote from 1846 to 1849 are for the most part experiments in different forms and different subject matters: Mr. Prokharchin (1846) ,The Faint Heart (1847), The Landlady (1847), A Jealous Husband, an Unusual Event (1848) and Nine Letters (1847) , White Nights (1848) , Netochka Nezvanova (1847) are a mixture of Gothic, social, humoristic and sentimental elements.
After his arrest in 1849 for political activity, he escaped execution, and spent nearly ten years isolated in Siberia before returning to St. Petersburg in 1859.
He record of his experience in the penal colony, The House of the Dead (1862). It was known in an English translation as Buried Alive in Siberia (1881).
His Notes from the Underground (1864), a detailed study of neurotic suffering, searching of life senses and alienated from society "underground hero," began the greatest period of Dostoyevsky's literary career. According to Walter Kaufmann this story was the "best overture for existentialism ever written."
It was followed by such great works as Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1868), The Possessed (1872), A Raw Youth (1875), The Brothers Karamazov (1880), which is one of the finest novels ever written.
In 1863 Dostoyevsky made his second trip abroad, where he met with A. Suslova and passionately carried away by this woman. Their complex painful relationships will inspire the type of the “femme fatale” - the heroines of his future novels - Nastasia Filipovna (Idiot) , Grushenka (The Brothers Karamazov), Polina ((The Gambler).
Dostoyevsky was educated at Moscow. In 1837 his mother died of tuberculosis and in 1838 he and his brother were sent to the Military Engineering Academy at Saint Petersburg. His father, a cruel man, was died in 183. It is believed by some that he was murdered by his own serfs .
Dostoyevsky graduated from Engineering academy in 1843 with the grade of sub-lieutenant. He spent only one year in the army and in 1844 he left the service to devote himself to literature.
In the spring of 1849 the twenty-nine-year-old was arrested for his participation in a political group. On the 22nd of December condemned to death. As the soldiers were preparing to carry out the sentence, the prisoners were informed that their penalty was commuted to exile in Siberia. In his memory where clearly stamped "ten terrible, immensely horrible minutes of waiting for death."
Dostoyevsky was sentenced to four years at hard labor in a Siberian penal colony. During deportation he suffered great mental and physical pain, including repeated attacks of epilepsy. Since January 1854 he served as a soldier in Semipalatinsk, in 1855 produced a officers.
In 1856 he was returned to the nobility and the right of print. In the same year he fell in love with and married Marie Isaeva, a sensual woman who brought him little happiness. In 1859 Dostoyevsky was pardoned and allowed to return to St. Petersburg. The prison experience worked a profound change of heart in him.
Later he made several trips to Western Europe.
In 1864 his wife died, and although they were not happy in their marriage, he hard suffered the loss.The same year his financial problems increased when his brother died and Dostoyevsky assumed responsibility for the remaining family.
During one of the trips abroad a turbulent love affair and a passion for roulette in Baden-Baden gave the material for his short novel The Gambler. Plagued by epilepsy, faced with financial ruin, he worked at superhuman speed to produce The Gambler, dictating the novel to eighteen-year-old stenographer Anna Snitkina. The manuscript was delivered to his publisher in time and in 1867 Anna and he were happily married.
From April 1867 until July 1871 Dostoevsky and his wife lived abroad (Berlin, Dresden, Baden-Baden, Geneva, Milan, Florence). There, in 1868, their daughter, Sophia was born, who died in the same year. In 1869, a second daughter, Lubov was born,, which became a writer. Later, in Russia in 1871 their son Theodore was born , in 1875 - son Alex was born, who died at the age of three from an attack of epilepsy.
The last years of his life were spent in comparative prosperity at St. Petersburg, where he died on the 9th of February 1881.
He was buried in the Aleksandr Nevsky monastery, St. Petersburg, Russia.