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Posted 10/21/11 - 9:36 AM:
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Fyodor Dostoevsky strikes me as a person of acute awareness of human feelings and he has a unique way of describing most subtle parts of human psyche. He was a very wise man in my opinion. He suffered from epileptic seizures and he had hypergraphia. Now, I often contend against anything like hypergraphia to be taken as a disease. At most compulsive scribbling might make you less sociable than others, but, as far as perceptiveness is concerned it’s a boon. For those interested in Graphology, he had a very tiny handwriting suggesting subtle thought process and acute intelligence along with introversion. You can access a sample of his handwriting from a letter he wrote to his brother Michael in 1838, here:

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He was a very introvert writer. He examined his own thoughts and feelings with grim attention, as if, he was a meditator and this made him reach to those regions of his own psyche where only a few reach and see bare emotions and feelings and roots of thoughts.

His ideas, as expressed first in ‘The Notes from the Ground’ are often considered as precursors of twentieth century’s ‘Existentialism’. When it comes to the originality of insights, this man was second to none and can be compared only to Fredrick Nietzsche when it comes to the profundity of insights.


Fredrich Nietzches referred to Dostoyevsky as "the only psychologist from whom I have something to learn: he belongs to the happiest windfalls of my life, happier even than the discovery of Stendhal." He said that Notes from Underground "cried truth from the blood."


Even when you read his works translated into English from Russian, the quintessence of his profound thinking touches you deeply.


In spite of being a writer he surpasses almost all Psychologists when it comes to richness of his intellect as a Psychologist. He excels when you compare him with Jung or Freud. His books are classics of Psychological fiction. Even as a philosopher there are very few who have been more profound.

James Joyce and Virginia Woolf praised his prose. Ernest Hemingway cited Dostoyevsky as a major influence on his work, in his posthumous collection of sketches A Moveable Feast. In a book of interviews with Arthur Power (Conversations with James Joyce), Joyce praised Dostoyevsky's prose:
...he is the man more than any other who has created modern prose, and intensified it to its present-day pitch. It was his explosive power which shattered the Victorian novel with its simpering maidens and ordered commonplaces; books which were without imagination or violence.

In her essay The Russian Point of View, Virginia Woolf said:
The novels of Dostoevsky are seething whirlpools, gyrating sandstorms, waterspouts which hiss and boil and suck us in. They are composed purely and wholly of the stuff of the soul. Against our wills we are drawn in, whirled round, blinded, suffocated, and at the same time filled with a giddy rapture. Out of Shakespeare there is no more exciting reading

Sigmund Freud wrote an article titled Dostoevsky and Parricide, asserting that the greatest works in world literature are all about parricide; though he is critical of Dostoyevsky's work overall, his inclusion of The Brothers Karamazov among the three greatest works of literature is remarkable.
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Posted 10/21/11 - 9:48 AM:

'Notes from Underground': gorgeous work.
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Posted 10/21/11 - 9:50 AM:

henry quirk wrote:
'Notes from Underground': gorgeous work.


It is one of those works which are very near to my heart!Waiting for 'Into The Desert' yet! thumb up
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Posted 10/21/11 - 10:30 AM:

"Waiting for 'Into The Desert' yet!"

Someday...and you'll get an autographed copy... wink
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Posted 10/21/11 - 10:50 AM:

henry quirk wrote:
"Waiting for 'Into The Desert' yet!"

Someday...and you'll get an autographed copy... wink



thumb up I also hope of hearing some of your favorite pieces, in your voice, as we did in 'The Voice of Lafayette'! It will be even good if we sit next to each other sipping coffee. smiling face
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Posted 10/21/11 - 12:49 PM:

do you also study graphology thinker? i don't recall. it's a hobby of mine as well.

very intriguing profile of the author! i may have to give the brothers K another chance after all.
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Posted 10/21/11 - 1:44 PM:

Yes, you should give another chance to Dostoevsky, he is awesome.
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