Fyodor Dostoevsky is known as the author of some of the most important Russian novels of the 19th Century. His greatness is his command of a multitude of human factors, from the most saintly to the most pathological, delineating the deepest emotional states form the perversely criminal and the profoundest sense of evil to a sublime belief in a Christian God.
Throughout, as this biography shows, he never became detached from the realities of the Russian world.
RICHARD FREEBORN has written extensively on Russian history and culture, including A Short History of Modern Russia and The Russian Revolutionary Novel: Turgenev to Pasternak. He is also a translator, novelist, and Emeritus Professor of Russia at the University of London.