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Help? by Ian Huddlesut - Mon, 25 Jun 2018 22:29:28 EST ID:JRP9dMan No.70177 Ignore Report Quick Reply
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I just started to read The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It takes place during 1868 in Petersburg. I don't know anything about that area or point in history and or where to start with the research required for me to fully appreciate it. I need guidance on how to choose what is most relevant to find out.
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Shitting Habblefuck - Thu, 28 Jun 2018 04:50:20 EST ID:4vZzZP5I No.70187 Ignore Report Quick Reply
Awww, babbies first Dostoyevsky.

I'm just kidding, I've never read him but I feel like that's something somebody would say. Actually that's something that somebody said in Stalker.
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Fuck Hushfuck - Thu, 28 Jun 2018 12:54:10 EST ID:P6n/+9ei No.70188 Ignore Report Quick Reply
idk nigga how about russian history from 1800 to the present thats where i would start
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Nicholas Chesslestet - Thu, 28 Jun 2018 22:22:10 EST ID:JbMBxovX No.70190 Ignore Report Quick Reply
go wit the flo, read it like whatever
we full appreciate when we just reading
'whatever ok this is happening'
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Wesley Sommlelock - Fri, 29 Jun 2018 17:07:14 EST ID:pzzBCzyM No.70192 Ignore Report Quick Reply
>>70177
St Petersburg has always been sort of the cultural center of Russia (as opposed to Moscow, that's rather more an economical/political center), slavery was ending right around that period, utopian socialism (Fourier) was on vogue in Russia, Dostoievski had gotten out of jail in Siberia shortly before righting this novel, french cultural influence over the educated people was also a big thing, while the working/lower class and specially those who lived far from the city were still submerged in middleage-ish oscurantism and deep orthodox christian beliefs (note how many of higher class characters in dostoievski's novels speak french. Even Dostoievski himself started working as a translator, and translated Balzac to russian). Dostoievski speaks about the unfathomable abyss that rises between these two classes.

The Possesed is a really great book by Dostoievski that tells the political climate of Russia in that period. You could read St Petersburg's stories by Gogol, a short book that was very influential for Dostoievski. Lermontov is also a key author. Obvioulsy Pushkin as well, allthough he's a little bit more boring imo. Lev Shestov is a good philosopher if you want to get into Dostoievski's philosophy. The first half of Notes from the underground also has a pretty explicit take on dostoievski's own philosophy. Bajtin also has a really good book on Dostoievski.


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