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Best Dostoevsky Books: The Ultimate List

Our list of some of the best Dostoevsky books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Notes from Underground (Vintage Classics) (1994)

 Best Dostoevsky Books: The Ultimate ListDostoevsky’s most revolutionary novel, Notes from Underground marks the dividing line between nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, and between the visions of self each century embodied. One of the most remarkable characters in literature, the unnamed narrator is a former official who has defiantly withdrawn into an underground existence. In full retreat from society, he scrawls a passionate, obsessive, self-contradictory narrative that serves as a devastating attack on social utopianism and an assertion of man’s essentially irrational nature.Richard…
Author(s): Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear, et al.

2. The Brothers Karamazov (2002)

 Best Dostoevsky Books: The Ultimate ListThe Brothers Karamasov is a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs involving the “wicked and sentimental” Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his three sons―the impulsive and sensual Dmitri; the coldly rational Ivan; and the healthy, red-cheeked young novice Alyosha. Through the gripping events of their story, Dostoevsky portrays the whole of Russian life, is social and spiritual striving, in what was both the golden age and a tragic turning point in Russian culture. This award-winning translation by Richard Pevear and…
Author(s): Fyodor Dostoevsky , Richard Pevear, et al.

3. Demons: A Novel in Three Parts (Vintage Classics) (1995)

 Best Dostoevsky Books: The Ultimate ListInspired by the true story of a political murder that horried Russians in 1869, Fyodor Dostoevsky conceived of Demons as a "novel-pamphlet" in which he would say everything about the plague of materialist ideology that he saw infecting his native land. What emerged was a prophetic and ferociously funny masterpiece of ideology and murder in pre-revolutionary Russia. #40,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #253 in Native American Literature (Books) #267 in Literary Criticism & Theory #400 in Classic American Literature Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like…
Author(s): Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear, et al.

4. The Idiot (Vintage Classics) (2003)

 Best Dostoevsky Books: The Ultimate ListRichard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky’s masterful translation of is destined to stand with their versions of , and as the definitive Dostoevsky in English.After his great portrayal of a guilty man in , Dostoevsky set out in to portray a man of pure innocence. The twenty-six-year-old Prince Myshkin, following a stay of several years in a Swiss sanatorium, returns to Russia to collect an inheritance and “be among people.” Even before he reaches home he meets the dark Rogozhin, a rich merchant’s son whose obsession with the beautiful Nastasya Filippovna eventually draws all…
Author(s): Fyodor Dostoevsky , Richard Pevear, et al.

5. Crime and Punishment: Pevear & Volokhonsky Translation (Vintage Classics) (1993)

 Best Dostoevsky Books: The Ultimate ListWith the same suppleness, energy, and range of voices that won their translation of The Brothers Karamazov the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize, Pevear and Volokhonsky offer a brilliant translation of Dostoevsky’s classic novel that presents a clear insight into this astounding psychological thriller. “The best (translation) currently available”–Washington Post Book World. #5,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3 in Russian Literature (Books) #5 in Russian Literary Criticism #339 in Classic Literature & Fiction Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear, et al.

6. Crime and Punishment (2001)

 Best Dostoevsky Books: The Ultimate ListThe two years before he wrote Crime and Punishment (1866) had been bad ones for Dostoyevsky. His wife and brother had died; the magazine he and his brother had started, Epoch, collapsed under its load of debt; and he was threatened with debtor’s prison. With an advance that he managed to wangle for an unwritten novel, he fled to Wiesbaden, hoping to win enough at the roulette table to get himself out of debt. Instead, he lost all his money; he had to pawn his clothes and beg friends for loans to pay his hotel bill and get back to Russia. One of his begging letters went to a magazine editor, asking for an advance…
Author(s): Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett

7. Crime and Punishment: A New Translation (2019)

 Best Dostoevsky Books: The Ultimate ListA celebrated new translation of Dostoevsky’s masterpiece reveals the “social problems facing our own society” (Nation).Published to great acclaim and fierce controversy in 1866, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment has left an indelible mark on global literature and on our modern world. Declared a PBS “Great American Read,” Michael Katz’s sparkling new translation gives new life to the story of Raskolnikov, an impoverished student who sees himself as extraordinary and therefore free to commit crimes―even murder―in a work that best embodies…
Author(s): Fyodor Dostoevsky, Michael R. Katz

8. The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky (Modern Library) (2001)

 Best Dostoevsky Books: The Ultimate ListThis collection, unique to the Modern Library, gathers seven of Dostoevsky’s key works and shows him to be equally adept at the short story as with the novel. Exploring many of the same themes as in his longer works, these small masterpieces move from the tender and romantic , an archetypal nineteenth-century morality tale of pathos and loss, to the famous , a story of guilt, ineffectiveness, and uncompromising cynicism, and the first major work of existential literature. Among Dostoevsky’s prototypical characters is Yemelyan in , whose tragedy turns on an…
Author(s): Fyodor Dostoevsky, David Magarshack

9. Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time (2012)

 Best Dostoevsky Books: The Ultimate ListJoseph Frank’s award-winning, five-volume Dostoevsky is widely recognized as the best biography of the writer in any language–and one of the greatest literary biographies of the past half-century. Now Frank’s monumental, 2500-page work has been skillfully abridged and condensed in this single, highly readable volume with a new preface by the author. Carefully preserving the original work’s acclaimed narrative style and combination of biography, intellectual history, and literary criticism, Dostoevsky: A Writer in His Time illuminates the writer’s works–from his first novel Poor Folk to…
Author(s): Joseph Frank

10. The Grand Inquisitor (2016)

 Best Dostoevsky Books: The Ultimate List2016 Reprint of 1948 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. “The Grand Inquisitor” is part of an extended dialogue within Dostoyevsky’s novel “The Brothers Karamazov.” It is told by Ivan, who questions the possibility of a personal and benevolent God, to his brother Alyosha, a novice monk. “The Grand Inquisitor” is an important part of the novel and one of the best-known passages in modern literature because of its ideas about human nature and freedom, and its fundamental ambiguity. The tale is told by Ivan with brief interruptive questions by Alyosha. In the…
Author(s): Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett, et al.

11. The Double and The Gambler (Vintage Classics) (2007)

 Best Dostoevsky Books: The Ultimate ListThe award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have given us the definitive version of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s strikingly original short novels, The Double and The Gambler.The Double is a surprisingly modern hallucinatory nightmare–foreshadowing Kafka and Sartre–in which a minor official named Goliadkin becomes aware of a mysterious doppelganger, a man who has his name and his face and who gradually and relentlessly begins to displace him with his friends and colleagues. The Gambler is a stunning psychological portrait of a young man’s exhilarating and…
Author(s): Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear, et al.

Best Dostoevsky Books: The Ultimate List

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The Idiot

Author(s): Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
ID: 1516804, Publisher: Vintage Books, a division of Random House Inc., Year: July, 2003, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Irène Némirovsky's Russian Influences: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Chekhov

Author(s): Marta Laura Cenedese
ID: 2831399, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Dostoevsky: The Years of Ordeal, 1850-1859

Author(s): Joseph Frank
ID: 2556066, Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 2020, Size: 6 Mb, Format: epub

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