Fyodor Dostoevsky

(November 11th, 1821 — February 9th, 1881)

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский, sometimes transliterated ‘Dostoyevsky’) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, and journalist writing in the 19th century.

Dostoevsky’s most famous works include Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), Demons (1872), and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). In his lifetime, he wrote 12 novels, 4 novellas, 16 short stories, and numerous other works.

Dostoevsky was born in Moscow in 1821 and worked briefly as an engineer and a literary translator, enjoying a lavish lifestyle. He wrote his first books in the mid-1840s before being arrested for discussing books that had been banned for being critical of the Russian Tsar. He then spent four years in a Siberian prison camp, followed by six years of compulsory military service in exile. Afterwards, he began to travel around Europe, began to gamble, and eventually gambled so much that he had to beg for money.

His writings are still read widely and were very influential to many later writers.

Fyodor Dostoevsky is a book author.

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