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Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Mikhailovich
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(Oct 30/Nov 11, 1821, Moscow – Jan 28/Feb 9, 1881, St. Petersburg).


Among world-famous Russian writers, Dostoyevsky is the one whose creative work most clearly reveals a foundation in Christianity. Both his life and his work are marked by the unusual. The son of a doctor, he graduated from a military engineering school, but after a brief period as a lieutenant in the war ministry, he took his leave and made his living as a writer. In 1846 his first novel, Bednye lyudi (ET: Poor Folk), which he wrote at age 24, brought him sudd…

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Kasack, Wolfgang, “Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Mikhailovich”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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