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Fyodor DostoevskyTo call Fyodor Dostoevsky a genius may indeed be an understatement. Decade after decade, his literary brilliance continues to capture the hearts and minds of millions. Because of his legacy and intense, storied commentaries on religion, philosophy, and psychology, Dostoevsky may have been one of the most important and influential writers that ever lived.

After all, it was Einstein that said: "Dostoevsky gives me more than any scientist, more than Gauss."

In a nutshell, this website is all about Russia's 'great prophet', Fyodor Dostoevsky. There are discussion forums, books to buy, a complete list of works, essays, a biography, quotes, pictures, and resourceful links - all related to this wonderful author. Like you, I'm a fan of Dostoevsky. I wanted to create the place to go online for Dostoevsky fans - I hope this website will do.

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July 15th, 2009  |  FyodorDostoevsky.com Forum Upgraded
After years of struggling to upgrade the old forum (to help stave off spambots), I have finally completed this task. The new forum runs much more smoothly although I need to put some make-up on it to make it look nice again. Thanks for your patience and enjoy the new and improved forum. And yes, I was able to port over all the posts and members from the previous forum over successfully. Throwing away six years of thoughtful discussion was not an option!

November 3rd, 2007  |  New FyodorDostoevsky.com E-Bookstore up!
We now have a slick shopping cart system in place for our E-Bookstore. Feel free to check it out and buy a book or two to help keep this website running. It also contains a nice "Search" feature in the right column where you can view multiple selections of a particular novel (example: Crime and Punishment). There is also a healthy selection of various Russian novels for purchase, too.

August 9th, 2007  |  Crime and Punishment Stage Adaptation by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus
Description from their website:

"Cast: 2m., 1w. (The cast play multiple roles.) This new, award-winning adaptation of Dostoyevsky's literary masterpiece Crime and Punishment is told by three actors playing Raskolnikov (the murderer), Porfiry Petrovitch (the detective), Sonia (the young prostitute) and many other characters in this famous story. This "conversation on the nature of evil" is set in the mind of the murderer where he relives and explores, through the urging of Porfiry and Sonia, the thoughts, ideas and feelings that drove him to his horrible crime. The play becomes a psychological landscape which creates a thrilling journey into the mind of a killer and his search for redemption. Raskolnikov speaks directly to the audience at times, putting his case to them, so that the audience becomes another character in the telling. This is an intimate psychological and spiritual journey which seeks to unveil hidden dimensions of the human condition. Unit set. Approximate running time: 90 minutes."

NOTE: I received an email from Marilyn that it will be presented in NYC at 59E59 Street Theater in November 2007. If I was a New Yorker, I'd be there.

July 26th, 2007  |  White Nights Visual Novel / Interactive "Game"
Efforts like this should always be loudly applauded. This is a wonderful way to experience Dostoevsky's short story gem.

March 24th, 2007  |  Notes From Underground & White Nights Audiobooks
I just found out about these free audiobooks available at librivox.org. I haven't heard them yet but you can check them out here: Notes From Underground | White Nights.

Now we can hear Dostoevsky's famous words "I am a sick man..." in our iPod headphones.

January 27th, 2007  |  Three New Essays Posted
There are three new essays posted in the essays section. Two of them are quite long but worth the read. Each new essay is in PDF format for your viewing/downloading pleasure. They are the first three in the list and the essay contributors are Bob Morley, Joseph David Rhodes and Lucian Cosinschi. Thanks for the submissions!

January 15th, 2007  |  New Dostoevsky Blog
Check out this new Dostoevsky blog. Good stuff.

March 13th, 2006  |  New Essay Posted
There is a new essay posted in the essays section by Kevin Kraft entitled "Dialecticism Foreshadows Existentialism in The Idiot". Check it out if you have some time...

June 13th, 2005  |  Dostoevsky Kin Sues over Image on Russian Lottery Tickets
The great grandson of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky has sued Russia's nationwide sports lottery for using the author's image on lottery tickets. Hounded by debt and creditors, Dostoyevsky struggled with his gambling addiction for much of his life. (courtesy NPR news, story here)
  • Update to story
  • Photo of lottery ticket

  • March 9th, 2005  |  New Dostoevsky Students Board
    From time to time, students come on this site and post questions on the forum in various boards. Well, now we have a board dedicated to these students that need additional insight into Dostoevsky's works. This board will not do your homework for you, however. It is just another way to help students get a better grasp on Dostoevsky.

    Check it out here and join/create a discussion.
    Teachers/Students: Please tell your fellow students and faculty about it, too!

    February 7th, 2005  |  Two More Essays Posted
    We now have 2 more essays posted in the Essays section. One is quite long and the other is quite short.

    Check them out and join the discussion on our Forums. Let us know what you think about these new texts.

    January 29th, 2005  |  New Essays Posted
    Jakub Bomba has posted two short essays in the Essays section entitled, "Ill Faith" and "Stavrogin's Quest."

    Check them out and join the discussion on our Forums. Let us know what you think about these new texts.

    Nov 11th, 2004  |  Happy Birthday, Fyodor!
    Today is Fyodor Dostoevsky's birthday. Sing him a song if you want, I'm sure he would enjoy that. Or maybe read one of his short stories in remembrance of Russia's Great Prophet.

    In other news, the website/database move went rather smoothly last month. Hopefully, everything is still intact!

    Aug 9th, 2004  |  New Notes From Underground movie!
    Olive Films is releasing a highly acclaimed DVD-version of Notes From Underground. We're all very excited about this release and hope that you are able to see it.

    The release date is September 21st, 2004 and you can pre-order your copy online or just read more about this film on the Olive Films website.

    July 12th, 2004  |  New Essay Posted
    John Barthelette has a new essay posted in the Essays section entitled "The Redeemed Prostitute In Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment And Other Works".

    Check it out and feel free to discuss it on the Forum should you feel the need to...

    May 8th, 2004  |  New Dostoevsky FAQ, Bio Underway
    A new Dostoevsky FAQ has begun on the forum here. It's definitely in its infancy at this point but should be an ever-growing goldmine of facts on Dostoevsy and his works very soon. Feel free to contribute!

    Also, a new biography is currently being written for this website. Axon appears to be spearheading this project and other users have made it known that they would like to contribute, too. Stay tuned for the new and improved (and much more comprehensive) Dostoevsky bio...

    Apr. 28th, 2004  |  New Essay
    There's a new essay up in the Essays section by Jakub Bomba entitled 'The Stone Wall'. Check it out and let Jakub (aka axon) know what you think of it in the Forum.

    Mar. 26th, 2004  |  3 New Etexts, 2 New Essays, and 1 Class
    Three new Etexts (Demons, The Adolescent, and The Idiot) are now up in the Literary Works section. In addition, there are two new essays posted in the Essays section - one by Petra Rackley and a second essay from Kevin Fox.

    This is a little late but there's a six week course beginning on March 31 on The Brothers Karamazov at the Cambridge Adult Education Center in Harvard Square. Read about it here...

    Mar. 15th, 2004  |  New Etexts and Essays Up
    Three new Etexts (The Gambler, Bobok, and Poor Folk) are now up in the Literary Works section. In addition, two new essays are now up in the Essays section (near the bottom) by Carrie Herbert and Austin Uhler.

    The Message Forum continues to grow by leaps and bounds - keep posting away! Also, congrats to Golyadkin as the newest moderator on the Forum.

    Mar. 1st, 2004  |  New 'Russian Literature' Section in Forum
    For those of you that also want to talk about Russia's other great authors in the forum, you can now do that here.

    Feb. 29th, 2004  |  Happy Leap Day!
    Ah, the day that exists...only some of the time. Maybe there's a nihilistic Dostoevsky quote to fit today?

    Our message forum is slowly growing in members as we've hit the '30 member mark'. FyodorDostoevsky.com is steadily rising in the search engines, too - meaning more people will be joining our discussions in the near future!

    Feb. 11th, 2004  |  Message Forum Back Up
    The Forum is now fixed - so post away about any Dostoevsky discussion topics that come to mind.

    Thanks for your patience!

    Jan. 22nd, 2004  |  The Idiot - an 8-hour Film Treat
    It has now come to my attention that there is a relatively new (2003) motion picture version of The Idiot. The film is in Russian but the DVD includes English subtitles. Word has it that it is a masterpiece.

    You can purchase this film here as well as seeing a 15 minute excerpt. It is about 500 minutes in duration and comes in a 4-DVD set.

    Jan. 21st, 2004  |  Four Dostoevsky Adaptations
    Blackmask.com has four Dostoevsky adaptations on their website for the following novels: The Idiot, Crime and Punishment, A Raw Youth, and Notes From Underground.  Follow this link for more details...

    Jan. 14th, 2004  |  Submissions Requested
    As some of you know, this is a website of Dostoevsky fans for Dostoevsky fans. If you have something you want to submit concerning Dostoevsky that other fans might find useful or interesting, please send it in to me via email. This includes essays, pictures, original artwork, events, films, etc. Thanks!

    Dec. 14th, 2003  |  A new Brothers Karamazov play!
    La MaMa E.T.C. in association with The Eleventh Hour Theatre Company present:

    Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, Part II
    (adapted and directed by Alexander Harrington)

    The dates for this amazing play are January 2nd - 18th, 2004. Check out their website for more details. Don't miss this one!

    Dec. 13th, 2003  |  Dostoevsky lives!
    FyodorDostoevsky.com is finally live! This has been a project in the making for some time now. Enjoy this site and use the resources here as much as you want - it's all free. To help support this website (i.e. keep it running), maybe buy your next Dostoevsky book from our E-Bookstore as a portion of the proceeds help us with site expenses. Thanks and enjoy!

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