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Dostoievsky: A Study in His Ideology
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Dostoievsky: A Study in His Ideology


n.p. 1921

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Fyodor Dostoievsky began his adult life running in politically radical circles, resulting in his arrest and a death sentence. A last minute note from the Tsar stayed his execution as the firing squad took aim. In this volume, Avrahm Yarmolinsky examines the ideology of the man who endured this mock execution, Siberian exile, and other diverse experiences with the human psyche’s darker side. And just as Dostoievsky’s cerebral fiction turned on what was beneath the action, Yarmolinsky’s analysis reaches beyond “the external facts of a man’s life” into the “inner drama of the mind” of one of history’s greatest novelists.

Yarmolinsky focuses chiefly on the testimony of Dostoievsky’s contemporaries and his nonfiction work—particularly the journal Dostoievsky edited, Writer’s Diary. Yarmolinsky is mindful of his subject’s Orthodox faith, as Dostoievsky’s “spirit . . . was ever burning in the wind of faith.” Yarmolinsky also pays close attention to Dostoievsky’s historical context, and how Dostoievsky’s place in nineteenth-century Russian society shaped his ideology. This study of Dostoievsky’s nonfiction surroundings will enhance your experience of the great literary psychologist’s fictional masterpieces.

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Key Features

  • Explores the ideology of Dostoievsky as revealed in his nonfiction, and contemporary’s testimony
  • Focuses on Dostoievsky’s Orthodox faith as the undercurrent of his ideology
  • Examines Dostoievsky’s thought in its historical context


  • Youthful Humanitarianism
  • Among the Fourierists
  • A Legendary Radical
  • The Nationalist Bias
  • De Profundis
  • A Modern Lazarus
  • Attitude Toward Slavophilism
  • “What Does Reason Know?”
  • The Middle Pillar
  • The Ant-Hill
  • The Bare-Footed Pope
  • Marey’s Zipoon
  • The God-Bearing People
  • “And Never the Twain Shall Meet”
  • The Messianic Thesis
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Sobornost
  • Postscript: The Burning Bush
  • Vita

Product Details

  • Title: Dostoievsky: A Study in His Ideology
  • Author: Avrahm Yarmolinsky
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication Date: 1921
  • Pages: 85

About Avrahm Yarmolinsky

Avrahm Yarmolinsky (1890–1975) was an author and translator. He was born in Russia and immigrated to the United States. He taught at Columbia University and City College of New York.

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