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)”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky‘s Diary (1877, November).
Some Quite Special Remarks about the Slavs That I Intended to Make Long Ago.
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”
Between Russianness & Dostoyevskiness
Velimir Khlebnikov, 1908-1909.
Apparently, Fyodor Dostoyevsky became a symbol, an archetype of a Russian writer, along with Lev Tolstoy (‘Tolstoyevsky’). Simplified image of Dostoyevsky’s Russia (or Dostoyevskian Russia) became a part of popular culture both in the West and in Russia. Continue reading “#Dostoyevsky Is the Limit?!”