That each man can claim to be "a true son of the people" because he lost in infancy a high-born legacy, however, seems to speak less to Conrad's evocation of Dostoevski
and more to a nearly ubiquitous novelistic tradition.
all that Tolstoy and Dostoevski
were dear to their Russian souls, 1
the Balkan) at the corner of Kniaz Dondukov Boulevard; at a nearby intersection was Boulevard General Totleben (also a Russian); the longest street I strolled when going to school was Graf Ignatiev, and there was also Gurko, Stoletov, Skobelev, Aksakov, General Chernaev, Pushkin, Dostoevski
, Kutuzov, Suvorov, Borodinski Boi, Russia, Moskva, Samarsko Zname, and more.
The stakes tempting us are surely higher than those Dostoevski
depicted and the moral choice suspended in far muddier waters
In fact, most of the novels that Kern adduces as examples of changing attitudes about the concept of causality-novels by Gide, Charles Dickens, Emile Zola, Theodore Dreiser, Joseph Conrad, Fyodor Dostoevski
, Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, and even Herman Melville to name a few--are generally thought of as high canon; and some, like Moby Dick, do not even involve the murder of actual humans.
All the apartment blocks in Dostoevski
, the misguided sprawl of Brasilia, the crumbling landings of Cabrini Greens: zones poorly built and cracked apart by wretchedness.
Lavine, 'The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor: The Death Struggle of Ideologies', in Dostoevski
and the Human Condition after a Century, ed.
You get the influence of Cervantes in the same kind of way in Jane Austen, in Fielding, in Mark Twain, in Dostoevski
, and hundreds of others I could name.
Like his favorite writer Fyodor Dostoevski
, Wright understood that while a permissive society might be attractive in the short run, in the long run it experienced madness, despair, and cultural collapse.
See Richard Weisberg, The Brilliant Reactor: The Inquisitor in Crime and Punishment, from The Failure of the Word: The Protagonist as Lawyer in Modern Fiction 48-54 (1984) ("Foreshadowing the theme fully expressed in his final work, and in Camus' novels about the law, Dostoevski
indicates that the process of legal investigation contains the potential for imaginative artistry.
In The Brothers Karamazov, Feodor Dostoevski
asks the following question, "Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last, but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature .
The room was so quiet that you could close your eyes and imagine yourself back in the college library, surrounded by students steeping themselves in Dostoevski
and Jane Austen.