November 01, 2006

Fyodor Mikhailovich

One hundred and eighty five years ago, on November 11, 1861 (October 30, old style), the novelist Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow. One of the most influential writers in world literature, Dostoyevsky created works that have taken on an almost mystical aura. “Dostoyevsky,” wrote Russian philosopher Vasily Rozanov, “is not ‘he,’ like Tolstoy or anyone else; Dostoyevsky is ‘me’ – sinful, evil, weak, fallen yet rising up again. This is why he is ‘me,’ the ‘me’ that is every other human being.”



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