Well, I missed a most important date in literary history. It was one I was very excited to post at the top of my blog. One with which I was most impressed. One that would make for a great story, and did.
On December 22, 1849, Fyodor Dostoevsky was led before a firing squad and prepared for execution. The crime: allegedly taking part in anti-government activities. However, at the last minute he received a reprieve (of sorts) and was sent to a Siberian labor camp. In 1854, Dostoevsky was released into the army and worked on the Mongolian frontier. He finally returned to Russia from exile in 1859, but life got no better.
In 1864 and 1865, his wife and brother both died, the magazine he had founded collapsed and Dostoevsky found himself deeply in debt. In 1866 he published Crime and Punishment. The next year he married again and fled to Europe to escape his creditors. After another successful novel, The Possessed (1872), the Dostoevskys returned to St. Petersburg. The Brothers Karamazov came in 1880 to resounding praise. Fyodor Dostoevsky died one year later.
(All historical information was taken from History.com.)
What have you read by Dostoevsky? What do you think of Russian literature? One of my all-time favorite books is Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, and I am about to begin Crime and Punishment (embarrassingly, for the first time). I find Russian literature and culture fascinating. Do you find it accessible?