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The struggle to reestablish himself in the literary scene after his imprisonment and years in the Army, the rise and fall of his literary magazine, the death of his brother, the death of his wife. He still has yet to write the novels that will cement his place in history, but the pain required to do so is being accumulated here. Nov 20, Michael rated it really liked it. Third volume of five. Brilliant reading of Notes from the Underground. Jul 22, J.
Nicolello rated it really liked it. Andele, andele! Feb 12, R rated it really liked it. This is the third book in the series of Joseph Frank's five book series on Dostoevsky. It comprises of details of the five years of Dostoevsky's life. These are the years immediately following Dostoevsky's return from his exile in Siberia.
This book is a bit different from the first two books. The first book covers 28 years of Dostoevsky's life and is more biographical in nature. The second book covers 9 years of his life. It is biographical and the key theme is the struggles that play This is the third book in the series of Joseph Frank's five book series on Dostoevsky.
It is biographical and the key theme is the struggles that played a role in Dostoevsky's transformation as a person and as a writer. This book diverts from the theme of biography and ventures into political ideologies of the era. The first part is mainly focused on inception of the publication 'Time' by Dostoevsky brothers and its political skirmishes with 'the contemporary'.
There is hardly any mention of Dostoevsky's life outside the publication and arguments involved in the skirmish. The details in this part break the natural flow of looking at the world from the Dostoevsky's eyes. Towards the end of first part and major portion of second part, the book focuses on some of the lesser known works of Dostoevsky including 'winter notes on summer impression', 'notes from underground' and 'house of the dead'. The author scatters details of Dostoevsky's love story and travel in between the details of Dostoevsky's books and political arguments in that era.
The book, which otherwise may feel like a text diverting from its initial promise, towards the end finds its roots again and gets directed towards Dostoevsky thoughts and life.
It was author's prerogative to include a page description of 5 years of Dostoevsky's life although some of the details in the book could have been easily eliminated without losing the continuity. Mar 29, Bryn Hammond rated it it was amazing Shelves: novelists-or-shorts. Years spent on journalism. Much more lively a tale than I thought. He remains the champion of psychic freedom against the determinism of his day. It's this that caused his split with the Left -- as the Left now sails. Though for most of this book he throws the weight of his frantic journalism into the effort to keep up polite interactions, a common ground, with the scientific materialists, misled, he believes, by a creed of rational egoism.
Until the satire or protest that is Notes from the Unde Years spent on journalism. Until the satire or protest that is Notes from the Underground, where determinism has become a more urgent enemy for him than tsarism. He's in terrible straits at the end of this one: his wife dead, followed hard on by his wonderful brother -- who slaved himself to death at the journals, which D. The hours they put in and the stresses they were under -- never mind the persiflage. But the journal goes bust again, and that loads D. If you wonder how he survived the last instalment prison camp this is just about as rough.
He says himself. Aside from the hardest worker who ever tried to earn a crust for his dependents, he's a far stronger person after prison camp and less vulnerable. He still behaves with beauty and great generosity of spirit. Sizzles at the journalistic battles, though: he cares so much. He has such energy. His first wife I'd call an abusive spouse, with the fraught temperament you meet often in Dostoyevsky's women. Mind you he knows fraught himself. It was on his honeymoon, after a 'massive seizure' to which she was 'a horrified witness', that he was told these attacks that came upon him in Siberia are in fact epilepsy and incurable.
He declares he wouldn't have married had he known. Plainly, she wouldn't have married him. From the beginning to the end, however, he calls her the most noble, magnanimous woman he ever met. If you can't work out whether Ivan and Katya -- or Mitya and Katya -- love or hate each other, just read about his real life. Nov 19, John rated it really liked it. This book chronicles a transitional period in Dostoevsky's career, where he formulates some of the key themes that he will grapple with for the remainder of his career. Much of this formulation comes as a result of his work on the two journals he and his brother started Time and Epoch , as these provide an opportunity for Dostoevsky to write direct responses to some of the ideals advocated both on the left and the right.
What begins as a left of center position in the early s eventually shi This book chronicles a transitional period in Dostoevsky's career, where he formulates some of the key themes that he will grapple with for the remainder of his career. What begins as a left of center position in the early s eventually shifts to the right by the middle of the decade, particularly as some of the leftist views take on an ever more activist and revolutionary streak.
The reflections on Winter Notes and Notes from Underground are especially important as we see Dostoevsky distancing himself not only from his own naive Christian socialism of the s, but also the embrace of European individualism in the s. The product of this shift begins to come clear in Notes from Underground, but will only fully blossom in his work of the later s and into the s.
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Deals mostly with Dostoevsky's writings in the journals Time and Epoch, which he ran with his brother. There are some great chapters dealing with Russian Nihilism and Notes from Underground. My least favorite of the three volumes so far, but still an exciting and interesting read. Aug 04, Eduardo rated it it was amazing. It is simply mind boggling to read a man's work that took a life time. View 2 comments.
Apr 09, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: literary-biography. Yes, I have indeed read all five volumes of Frank's splendid biography of Dostoevsky, one after the other over 15 to 20 years as soon after publication as I could get my hands on a copy. I enjoyed every one of the pages. Jul 29, Sara marked it as to-read. Jun 18, Brian rated it really liked it Shelves: russian-lit.
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The best book so far. The way Frank covers Winter Notes on Summer Impressions and Notes from Underground is yet unmatched by any other scholarly work I've read on either topic. Panagiotis Mavraganis rated it it was amazing Sep 13, Count Chocula rated it really liked it May 18, Standard UK delivery is currently free , no matter how many items you have in your basket. You can find out more about delivery and returns in our help section.
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