Fyodor Dostoevski World Literature Analysis - Essay

Fyodor Dostoevski World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

In a sense, all of Dostoevski’s works are psychological accounts of obsessive behavior. There is no epic sweep to the novels, even though they are very long, and no detailed “slice of life” observation on the part of the narrators. The manner in which his fiction differs from other work of his time is that Dostoevski uncovers for the reader the detailed psychological complexity of an act (such as murder) while avoiding complexity of motif and cleverness of rhetorical patterns. His work achieves a clinical economy of both subject and treatment. This economy, coupled with the reader’s natural fascination with the bizarre obsessions that focus the stories, represents the creation of a new kind of serious fiction that is...

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