Poor Folk

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Digireads.com Publishing, 01 gen 2010
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"Poor Folk", one of Dostoyevsky's greatest narratives is the story of two lower class people who fall in love. However, because of their extreme poverty they are too poor to even marry. Dostoyevsky's "Poor Folk" is an epistolary novel, or one told through a series of letters between the characters. It is gripping in its portrayal of the suffering, humiliation, and isolation that the poorest members of any society are forced to endure. A triumph of Russian literature, "Poor Folk" is a shining example of Dostoyevsky's narrative genius and its relative brevity makes it one of the author's more accessible works.

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The story is really a tragic love story. - Goodreads
the idea of writing letters was amazing for me. - Goodreads
Surprisingly post-modern ending. - Goodreads

Review: Poor Folk

Recensione dell'utente  - Dylan Grant - Goodreads

I can't believe it took me this long to finally read a book by the legendary Dostoyevsky. This was his very first book. Holy sweet mother of God, this book is a HUGE DOWNER. Do NOT read this book if ... Leggi recensione completa

Review: Poor Folk

Recensione dell'utente  - Khalid Al Khalili - Goodreads

And as such concludes the first novel of Dostoyevsky. Presented through a set of letters exchanged by two protagonists, Dostoyevsky brings the heartrending image of poverty in St Petersburg to life ... Leggi recensione completa

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One of the most powerful and significant authors in all modern fiction, Fyodor Dostoevsky was the son of a harsh and domineering army surgeon who was murdered by his own serfs (slaves), an event that was extremely important in shaping Dostoevsky's view of social and economic issues. He studied to be an engineer and began work as a draftsman. However, his first novel, Poor Folk (1846), was so well received that he abandoned engineering for writing. In 1849, Dostoevsky was arrested for being a part of a revolutionary group that owned an illegal printing press. He was sentenced to be executed, but the sentence was changed at the last minute, and he was sent to a prison camp in Siberia instead. By the time he was released in 1854, he had become a devout believer in both Christianity and Russia - although not in its ruler, the Czar. During the 1860's, Dostoevsky's personal life was in constant turmoil as the result of financial problems, a gambling addiction, and the deaths of his wife and brother. His second marriage in 1887 provided him with a stable home life and personal contentment, and during the years that followed he produced his great novels: Crime and Punishment (1886), the story of Rodya Raskolnikov, who kills two old women in the belief that he is beyond the bounds of good and evil; The Idiots (1868), the story of an epileptic who tragically affects the lives of those around him; The Possessed (1872), the story of the effect of revolutionary thought on the members of one Russian community; A Raw Youth (1875), which focuses on the disintegration and decay of family relationships and life; and The Brothers Karamazov (1880), which centers on the murder of Fyodor Karamazov and the effect the murder has on each of his four sons. These works have placed Dostoevsky in the front rank of the world's great novelists. Dostoevsky was an innovator, bringing new depth and meaning to the psychological novel and combining realism and philosophical speculation in his complex studies of the human condition.

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