“A Gentle Creature” by Dostoevsky

This is in part for those of you who find my blog through Google when looking for help with your Russian lit classes, or for fellow Russian lit nerds.  I know you’re out there… Dostoevsky’s short story “A Gentle Creature” (also translated sometimes as “The Meek one,” and the original Russian is “Кроткая”) is veryRead more

“The Idiot” by Dostoevsky

  “The Idiot” is one of Dostoevsky’s most intriguing novels, as it is Dostoevsky’s attempt to write a novel about a character who is purely good.  I studied this book in undergrad and so could go on about it for hours, but I shall try to be a bit more succinct. Prince Myshkin is theRead more

“Demons” by Fyodor Dostoevsky

  This book was singlehandedly responsible for getting me into Russian literature.  I came across a battered paperback copy in my high school library (a terrible translation, mind you, with the title still as “The Possessed” instead of “Demons”) and was immediately sucked in.  Now I’m a huge Russian lit nerd.  Dostoevsky, I blame you!Read more