By Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Robert A. Magure (trans.); Robert Belknap (ed.)

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And ed. Caryl Emerson (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984) Richard Palmer Blackmur, ‘In the Birdcage’, Eleven Essays in the European Novel (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1964) Jessie Coulson, Dostoevsky: A Self Portrait (London: Oxford University Press, 1962) Anna Dostoevskaya, Reminiscences, tr. and ed. Beatrice Stillman (New York: Liveright, 1975) Fyodor Dostoevsky, Complete Letters, tr. and ed. David Lowe and Ronald Meyer (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Ardis, 1988–91), 5 vols. —, Dostoevsky as Reformer: The Petrashevsky Case, tr.

1836 Publication of the ‘First Philosophical Letter’ by Pyotr Chaadayev. 1837 Pushkin is killed in a duel. Their mother dies and the brothers are sent to a preparatory school in St Petersburg. 1838 Enters the St Petersburg Academy of Military Engineers as an army cadet (Mikhail is not admitted to the Academy). 1839 Father dies, apparently murdered by serfs on his estate. 1840 Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time. 1841 Obtains a commission. Tries his hand at historical drama without success. 1842 Gogol’s Dead Souls.

The demons entered the swine and the whole herd threw itself from the steep bank into the sea and they all drowned… That’s exactly what happened with us. The demons went out of Russian man and entered the herd of swine, that is, the Nechayevs… and their ilk. They have drowned or will certainly do so, and the man who has been healed, out of whom the demons have come, sits at the feet of Jesus. And that’s just how it should be… He who loses his people and his national character loses both the faith of his fathers and God.

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