Fyodor Dostoevsky was born into modest nobility and lived lavishly as a military engineer while running in liberal utopian literary circles. He was sentenced to death, pardoned at the last moment, and served four years of Siberian hard labor. He became disillusioned with human nature, gambled himself into poverty, rose to celebrity, and wrote novels that plumb the darkest depths of human psychology with as keen an eye as any author before or since. Collected here are 21 of his novels, novellas, and short stories, including the genre-defining Notes from Underground, the intensely cerebral classic Crime and Punishment, and his epic last novel The Brothers Karamazov.
While serving his hard labor sentence he read nothing but the New Testament (the only book allowed in prison), which profoundly influenced his later works. His mature novels are replete with themes of human depravity, moral searching, and Christian redemption. These volumes contain some of the earliest English translations, most from the prodigious and eminently readable Constance Garnett, who introduced the English speaking world to the Russian novel, and set the standard for generations to come. In the Logos editions these texts are fully indexed and searchable, with all Scripture references available on mouseover, helping you explore the human psyche with the great literary psychologist like never before.
Fyodor Dostoevsky was born to minor Russian nobility in 1821. He entered the military academy at age 17. While an engineer in the army, he translated works from French and wrote his first fiction for money on the side. He became a member of the utopian socialist Petrashevsky circle. He was arrested for reading banned political literature and sentenced to death by firing squad in 1849. The execution was stayed at the last moment when a letter arrived from the Tsar pardoning him. Instead, Dostoevsky was exiled to Siberia and four years hard of labor, shackled hand and foot. During his sentence, the only thing he could read was the New Testament. Upon his release, his gambling addiction frequently left him in poverty, and he began a financially tumultuous marriage to his secretary. He died in 1881 after suffering a pulmonary hemorrhage. Together with Tolstoy, he is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential novelist of Russian literature’s golden age.