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YearWorkDescription of work
1846His first novel, organized as a series of correspondence between Makar Devushkin and Varvara Dobroselova
1846A novella about a government clerk who encounters his doppelganger. The most Gogolesque of his works.
1849This 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.
1859Sergey 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.
1861The 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).
1861Aleksandr 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.
1862Considered by many to be the first existentialist novel. It is the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator, obsessed with revenge.
YearWorkDescription of work
1866Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, a Nietzschesque wannabe Übermensch, self-proclaimed Napolean, proves he is not quite beyond good and evil.
1867This work was very aptly named and themed, being written under a strict deadline to payoff gaming debts.
1869Prince 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.
1872Shows the folly of the presupposition of the possibility of a utopian society.
1875Often 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.
1880Redemption 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.
1873-1881Not 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.

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