A Writer's Diary: Two Volumes 1873-1881. Translated and Annotated by Kenneth Lantz with an Introductory Study by Gary Saul Mors
by Dostoyevsky, Fyodor.
Both volumes are Fine unread copies in Fine bright dust jackets. A Writer's Diary began in 1873 as a column in a periodical. From 1876 until his death in 1881, Dostoevsky-editor, publisher, and sole contributor-brought it out monthly as an independent publication. The Diary is a grab bag that includes autobiography, semifictional sketches, journalism, and a few short stories. It offers a valuable perspective on Russian cultural history and is also an important sourcebook for The Brothers Karamazov. The Diary is also a melange of political commentary, observations on current events, reportage of sensational murders, philosophical musings and literary criticism on Tolstoy, Turgenev and Pushkin. Dostoevsky's idealized vision of the Russian people as a nascent fellowship of Christ who reject the values of the godless, materialistic West is a recurrent theme. Offering a ringside seat to the growth of German nationalism under Bismarck, the Russo-Turkish War, political instability in France's Third Republic and the cauldron of Eastern European nationalisms, these voluble outpourings are also of interest for their sketches of ideas developed more fully in The Brothers Karamazov. Dostoevsky's vicious, poisonous tirades against Jews reveal the depth of his anti-Semitic prejudice. Also included is the story "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man," which reflects his search for life's meaning and longing for redemption.The diversity of the Diary provides part of its fascination, though it recommends itself primarily to scholars of Russian literature. These diaries contain some of "Dostoyevsky's greatest short fiction...semi-fiction, sketches and articles."
Edition: First Printings of the First UK Edition
Book Id: 24198