Fyodor Dostoyevsky “My Paradox” (Extract)


Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1863.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1863.

Again a tussle with Europe (oh, it’s not a war yet: they say that we – Russia, that is – are still a long way from war). Again the endless Eastern Question is in the news; and again in Europe they are looking mistrustfully at Russia. . . . Yet why we should go running to seek Europe’s trust? Did Europe ever trust the Russians? Can she ever trust us and stop seeing us as her enemy? Oh, of course this view will change someday; someday Europe will better be able to make us out and realize what we are like; and it is certainly worth discussing this someday; but meanwhile a somewhat irrelevant question or side issue has occured to me and I have recently been busy to solve it. No one may agree with me, yet I think that I am right – in part, maybe, but right. Continue reading “Fyodor Dostoyevsky “My Paradox” (Extract)”

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Fyodor #Dostoyevsky on the #Slavic Question


Fyodor Dostoyevsky‘s Diary (1877, November).

Portrait of Fyodor Dostoyevsky by Vasily Perov, 1872.
Portrait of Fyodor Dostoyevsky by Vasily Perov, 1872.
Some Quite Special Remarks about the Slavs That I Intended to Make Long Ago.

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Anniversaries: A Singer & a Writer (Fyodor Shalyapin & Mikhail Bulgakov)


Boris Kustodiyev - Portrait of Fyodor Shalyapin, 1921.
Boris Kustodiev – Portrait of Fyodor Shalyapin, 1921.

‘You’re not Dostoyevsky,’ said the citizeness, who was getting muddled by Koroviev.

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Vatnik Reclaimed


Vatnik Incorporated
Vatnik Inc.

The “vatniks running Twitter.

Rejoice, aye, “Putin’s horde“!

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Letter by Fyodor #Dostoyevsky to Alexander III of Russia


Sergey Zaryanko - The Portrait of Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich in a court suit, 1867.
Sergey Zaryanko – The Portrait of Grand Duke Alexander Alexandrovich in a court suit, 1867.
A letter by Fyodor Dostoyevsky to Grand Duke Tsarevich Alexander Alexandrovich (future Emperor of Russia Alexander III). Continue reading “Letter by Fyodor #Dostoyevsky to Alexander III of Russia”