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Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821 – 1881)  Illustration: A Th. Dostoiewski (1895) by Félix Vallotton
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821 – 1881)
Illustration: A Th. Dostoiewski (1895) by Félix Vallotton

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Fyodor Dostoevsky transliterated Dostoyevsky or Dostoievsky (November 11, 1821February 9, 1881) is considered one of the greatest writers of Russian and world literature. His works have had a profound and lasting effect on twentieth-century literature.

Dostoevsky often portrayed characters living in poor conditions with equally disparate and troubled states of mind. This allowed him to explore human psychology in the political, social and spiritual context of 19th Century Russian society. Some scholars consider him the founder of existentialism. Philosopher Walter Kaufmann called Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground "best overture for existentialism ever written."

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