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Fev 17, 2009, 10:29pm

This year I am devoting to the challenge of reading the entire cannon of Dostoevsky. I am blogging about this as I go, and keeping a discussion log in the Club Read 2009 group.

This is not a shameless plug for my blog or thread, but a search to widen and deepen the conversation about this great writer. If you are interested, please drop in and join the conversation. Everyone is welcome.

Fev 18, 2009, 12:03pm

I tried reading Demons this year and was quite underwhelmed. It seemed to evolve into a romantic Tolstoy-ish kind of thing, which is not how I remember Dostoevsky. If anyone can confirm this, please do. I ended up just putting it down rather than continuing. (This is for the Pevear translation).

Out 1, 2009, 6:27pm

I finished The Possessed but I didn't like it that much either. Of the five major novels I still need to read A Raw Youth but so far The Possessed is my least favorite.

Out 1, 2009, 9:49pm

The Possessed is the most topical of Dostoevsky's novels. it needs a thorough understanding of the revolutionary groups and thinking that was current at the time to get the most out of it.

Fev 27, 2017, 6:33pm

i realy love him. i'm trying to read all his books

Fev 28, 2017, 8:47am

Me too!

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Jun 28, 2018, 8:47am

I have posted about Crime and Punishment:

Jul 18, 2018, 9:03am

Editado: Jul 21, 2018, 11:41pm

I keep recommending to all of the people around me that they read Dostoyevsky.
About 35 years ago, I read The Brothers Karamazov, The Possessed, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, A Raw Youth and Netochka Nezvanova.
My Mom, my 2 brothers and my sister, but not my Dad, all were reading several of these novels back at that time.
Later on, because I wanted to practice French, I read The Brothers Karamazov in French.

But after that I bought some lesson books from the book store at University of Alberta and have been struggling through ever since to get some reading knowledge of Russian.
I went on a buying spree this past winter and bought the first four of the above titles in Russian, and now I have even stronger motivation to get past Lesson 7 in my Russian for Everybody textbook by Robert L. Baker.

I am still going to give it a shot to try to read them all in Russian. (In Russian I also bought War and Peace and Dead Souls.)

Editado: Jul 22, 2018, 10:16am

Library hermit I wish you all the luck in your endeavors.

Jul 22, 2018, 6:37pm

I do too -- Dostoyevsky loses far more in translation than, say, Turgenev!

Editado: Jul 23, 2018, 7:06pm

Thank you for your encouragement, bjbookman and lanugagehat.

35 years ago I heard somewhere about a work by Dostoyevsky called Diary of a Writer but I couldn't find it with all the other Penguin editions of Dostoyevsky that our bookstores carried at that time. But eventually I tracked one down published in 1973 by Octagon Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2 volumes, $50.00 CDN plus GST at The Bookseller. Happy day! So I discovered that Dostoyevsky was a journalist as well as a novelist.

Ago 16, 2018, 5:59pm

I have posted about The Idiot, which I had mixed feelings about:

Set 3, 2018, 8:56am

On the other hand, I liked The Eternal Husband a lot more than I expected to:

Out 28, 2018, 11:03am

Out 30, 2018, 2:26am

Thank you! This is I think the last of Dostoevsky’s big books I have left to read and I’m still wondering about which translation (I have at least two). And interesting link to your Magarshack post - I’ve read a lot of his translations over the years, in fact he was probably my introduction to Dostoevsky!

Dez 3, 2018, 11:04am

A Dostoevskii Companion text and contexts has been published by Academic Studies Press. “Rather then offering a single definitive view of the author, the book contains a collection of documents from Dostoevsky own time, excerpts from letters his journalism and what his contemporaries wrote about him”

Mar 21, 2019, 10:08am

I didn't care for The Adolescent (A Raw Youth) at all:

Out 6, 2019, 9:54am

Out 8, 2019, 12:16pm

Ah, it’s fab! Popping over to look at your post! 😁

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