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Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s 190th Birthday – A True Russian Literary Genius Is Remembered

Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 190th Birthday

Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a Russian writer of various pieces including novels, short stories and essays. He is best known for his novels The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot and Crime and Punishment. He was born in 1821 on November the 11th and lived until the 9th of February 1881 at the age of 51 years old. The Moscow of his youth and the St Petersburg where he died helped form the backdrop of his books.

One of the notable things about his work is that he explores human psychology with such pinpointed accuracy that he has been referred to as one of the most prominent and greatest psychologists in literature. Crime and Punishment is particularly praised for its narrative about someone committing a murder and covering it up and then suffering from the pangs of guilt over it. It is an astonishing take on the crime novel, in which the main character himself depicts how he plans the crime, and then how deeply he feels for what he has done.

Throughout his life he proved himself to be one of Russians greatest writers, his books are studied and analysed and read all over the world in many different translations and people marvel at how inquisitive he was into the human psyche. He has also been noted for his attention to descriptive detail of the Russia of his time line. St Petersburg comes to life in Crime and Punishment, revealing its multi-layered society in a book steeped in harrowing dream sequences, nightmares, confessions and the self-tormenting mind and heart of the antagonist.

The Google Doodle was to mark the 190th birthday of a truly influential Russian writer, whom Russians and wider world audience of readers adore. Many people owe their long reading sessions to the man, sessions where they would sit reading until the last page was turned.

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