His first novel, organized as a series of correspondence between Makar Devushkin and Varvara Dobroselova
A novella about a government clerk who encounters his doppelganger. The most Gogolesque of his works.
This novel was left unfinished because of his arrest and exile to Siberia. It is about an impoverished girl who is adopted by a wealthy family.
Sergey Aleksandrovich, the narrator, finds that the selfish and spiteful Foma Fomich Opiskin has swindled his uncle and friends, who has convinced them that he was virtuous.
The narrator, Vanya, has just released his first novel, which bears a resemblance to Dostoyevsky’s first novel. The influence of Dickens is seen in his rare well developed young female character, Elena (Nellie).
Aleksandr Petrovich Goryanchikov is sentenced to a Siberian camp, and is abused by his fellow prisoners, most of which are of a lower class. However, he undergoes a spiritual re-awakening during his imprisonment.
Considered by many to be the first existentialist novel. It is the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator, obsessed with revenge.
Description of work
Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, a Nietzschesque wannabe Übermensch, self-proclaimed Napolean, proves he is not quite beyond good and evil.
This work was very aptly named and themed, being written under a strict deadline to payoff gaming debts.
Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin, an archetypically good man in a dysfunctional society, is tragically treated. This Christ-like figure is juxtaposed with Rogozhin, a personification of Satan.
Shows the folly of the presupposition of the possibility of a utopian society.
Often considered a failure, this novel follows the life of Arkady Dolgoruky, a 19-year –old intellectual, who has dreams of fabulous wealth…though he becomes entangled in a socialist conspiracy.
Redemption occurs through sons redeeming the sins of their father, though they are complicit in his murder. Contains The Grand Inquisitor, presented as a composition by Ivan, a classic work in its own right.
Not a novel or novella, but a collection of non-fiction and fictional writings taken from pieces he wrote for a periodical which he founded. The works cover the period from 1873-1881.