When the teacher leaves the room, to paraphrase Dostoevski
, everything is permitted.
The novels of Dostoevski
, Tolstoi, and Turgenev show us what these things are.
Crime and Punishment in Suburbia: Dostoevski
gets the teen treatment.
His highly charged critique of the nihilism of late modernity is more reminiscent of Dostoevski
than Jane Austen.
The great realistic novels dramatically portray the vanity of romantic illusions, and the resolution of the novel's conflict is the renunciation of metaphysical desire, as exemplified by Stepan Tromfimovitch's deathbed conversion in The Possessed by Dostoevski
40) If Faulkner made the fateful choice, destined by aristocratic social and cultural and military antecedents almost beyond his ken, to recreate his landscape under the cadences of King James or Shakespeare or Dostoevski
, then he is forever "doomed and damned" for what he himself called the "magnificent failure" of his Southern "sound and fury" (University, p.
Mockus had wanted to study fine arts, he says, but reading Kafka and Dostoevski
led him to draw the depressing conclusion that the fine arts demand too great a sacrifice.
Auster's imagination inclines to nightmare: "the worst," stepping forward to announce itself like an intruder who, unlike the "devils" of Dostoevski
and Mann, looks more or less like everyone else but emanates a weird governing force.
It is a question Nietzsche might have asked Dostoevski
, and been answered this way-"Die Japs sind in der wald.
In their respective writings, Wright, Ellison, and Hayden acknowledge a wide range of modernist influences, including Dostoevski
, Hemingway, Anderson, Eliot, Rukeyser, and Auden.
If Henry James wrote stories, if Dostoevski
wrote stories, I don't write stories" (Alpert 3).
I had a kind of passionate crush on various Dostoevski
characters and on the man (Dostoevski