The complete world praises the gloomy novels by this well-known Russian author. Among his most loyal followers are even Hollywood stars.
There’s so much written in regards to the connection between Dostoevsky and Nietzsche and about how the Russian author foreshadowed the thought in regards to the destructiveness of the idea of a superhuman within the instance of his novel ‘Crime and Punishment’ and different works.
In the philosophical ebook ‘Twilight of the Idols’, Nietzsche confessed that he had a deep connection to Dostoevsky and that he believed him to be “the only psychologist from whom I’ve anything to learn”. Nietzsche additionally known as his acquaintance with the Russian author’s works “the most beautiful accident of my life, more so than even my discovery of Stendhal”.
And, in contrast to all of the others, Nietzsche was principally amazed not by ‘Crime and Punishment’ or ‘The Brothers Karamazov’, however by ‘Notes from Underground’.
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For the daddy of psychoanalysis, Dostoevsky was a fertile soil for analysis. For motive, Freud devoted all the article ‘Dostoevsky and Parricide’ to an evaluation of the persona of the author, using for it his deliberations in regards to the Oedipus advanced that pushed the hero of ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ to patricide.
It appears that Freud dissects Dostoevsky, criticizes him (particularly him as a moralist). And, but, he begins his article with a confession that Dostoevsky is a superb creator, whose place is in the identical row with Shakespeare: “‘The Brothers Karamazov’ is the most magnificent novel ever written; the episode of the Grand Inquisitor, one of the peaks in world literature, can hardly be overestimated. Analysis must, alas, lay down its arms before the problem of the creative artist.”
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In a letter to a good friend from his faculty years dated from 1948, Mann writes about his “devoted gratitude to Russian literature”. He regretted that he did not have sufficient time and vitality to check Russian to learn the poems by Pushkin of their authentic language and that he would not have been capable of end ‘Buddenbrooks’ if he hadn’t continually additionally learn Tolstoy. “Needless to say how much I adore Gogol, Dostoevsky, Turgenev! But, I would like to mention Nikolai Leskov, who’s unknown, although he is a great master of short stories, almost equal to Dostoevsky.”
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Different researchers identified many instances that Dostoevsky exercised huge affect over American novelists. Theodore Dreiser additionally expressed lots of love in the direction of Dostoevsky.
“He especially loved ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ and ‘The Idiot’. The latter was his favorite work in all the world’s literature. He couldn’t comprehend the character of Prince Myshkin, but he spoke with enthusiasm about the simplicity and truthfulness of this character,” as his private secretary Marguerite Tjader wrote in her ebook ‘Theodore Dreiser: a brand new dimension’.
Francis Scott Fitzgerald
Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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“I’ve always loved Dostoevsky, with his giant heart turned to all others, more than other Europeans,” Fitzgerald wrote to Hemingway. To his daughter, he wrote: “If you want to study the world of the emotional read ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ by Dostoevsky. And you’ll see what a novel can be.”
Fitzgerald will be known as a quasi pupil of Dostoevsky and one of many closest Western writers to him. At least, that is what cinema critic and essayist Boris Lokshin believes. The scene from ‘The Great Gatsby’ within the Plaza Hotel, the place the characters settle the scores for good, Lokshin calls it completely Dostoevsky-esque in its essence. “Such collective hysteria and horrible anguish. Fitzgerald, just like Dostoevsky, is a master of hysteria in an enclosed space.”
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Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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The creator of ‘The Little Prince’ avidly learn everything of Dostoevsky again in his teenage years. In his ‘Books I Remember’, he confesses: “At fifteen, I stumbled upon Dostoevsky and this was a true revelation for me: immediately, I felt that I touched something colossal and I rushed on to read everything he wrote, book after book, as, before him, I read Honore de Balzac.”
The well-known physicist actually misplaced himself within the works of the Russian nice. This following phrase by Einstein is well-known: “Dostoevsky gave me a lot, immensely so, more than Gauss.” And Gauss is, as we all know, the mathematician whose works led Einstein to develop his principle of relativity. He known as ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ the “most acute book” that ever landed in his palms.
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The Oscar-winning director believes Dostoevsky to be an awesome author; many instances he admitted that his novels are written brilliantly and are unbelievably fascinating. “I don’t think that one can aim more deeply than at the so-called existential themes, the spiritual themes,” the director as soon as mentioned.
There are hints and direct references to ‘Crime and Punishment’ in his film ‘Match Point’ (2006). The essential character, Chris (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) can also be into Dostoevsky, in line with the plot. And he finds an excuse for his crime.
Crime comedy ‘Irrational Man’ (2015) by Allen additionally refers back to the narrative of ‘Crime and Punishment’, however in a extra farce-like method. The essential character, philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) suffers from the meaninglessness of his life; he decides that he can solely escape his existential disaster if he kills an individual.
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One of probably the most globally well-known diversifications of the novel ‘The Idiot’ belongs to Akira Kurosawa, and he admitted in an interview to Soviet journalists that of all his motion pictures he treasures, this one most.
The nice Japanese director mentioned that he actually grew up studying Russian traditional works. “Since childhood, Dostoevsky has been my favorite author. No one has been able to express compassion and kindness like him. Boundless compassion towards someone else’s grief, which he possessed, crossed the borders available to a regular person. Dostoevsky suffered along with those who suffered. From that point of view, he has crossed the boundaries of humanity. He had a stroke of God in him. He showed it in ‘Myshkin’, the hero of ‘The Idiot’. My views and psychology are similar to that of the hero of ‘The Idiot’. Maybe that’s why I love Dostoevsky so much!”
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Murakami mentioned many instances that Dostoevsky is his idol. Surprisingly, from 14 to twenty years of age, the Japanese author learn solely Russian literature. “I first read ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ at 14-15 years of age and have re-read it four times since. And, each time, it was beautiful. In my view, this is a perfect work,” Murakami mentioned.
He additionally favored ‘Demons’, however he confesses that his purpose is to write down one thing on par with ‘The Brothers Karamazov’: “That’s the peak, the summit.”
The photographs of Orlando Bloom studying ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ by Dostoevsky on a park bench grew to become a real meme! The actor, whereas doing it, experiences a complete spectrum of feelings – from boredom and laughter to despair.
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Nicholas Cage, one other Hollywood actor, additionally seems to be a fan of Dostoevsky. In 2016 at a press-conference in Moscow, he admitted that he goals of studying it within the authentic. “I love Dostoevsky, in particular ‘The Brothers Karamazov’, but I’m aware that I read it in translation. I’d like to truly know what Dostoevsky meant and to embrace the poetry of his words.”
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The Serbian director is thought for his love for Russia and Russian tradition. In an interview, he admitted that he learn every of Dostoevsky’s novels many instances and that he’s his favourite creator. “Because he’s always relevant. Everything that happens in modern life was described a long time ago in his novels.”
According to the director, ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ options “all types of people”. Aside from this, the works of the author “lay out the philosophy of life itself, in the center of which is a Christian person”.
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