Tagged: Fyodor Dostojewskij

Grand Inquisitor

From ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Part II, Book 5: Pro and Contra, Chapter 5: The Grand Inquisitor, translated by Constance Garnett. Full text: http://www.ccel.org/ccel/dostoevsky/brothers.html “Even this must have a preface- that is, a literary preface,” laughed Ivan, “and I am a poor hand at making one.  You see, my action takes place in the sixteenth century, and at that time, as you probably learnt at school, it was customary in poetry to bring down heavenly powers on earth.  Not to speak of Dante, in France, clerks, as well as the monks in the monasteries, used to give regular...

Fyodor Dostojewskij

Born to parents Mikhail and Maria, Fyodor was the second of seven children. Fyodor’s mother died of an illness in 1837. Fyodor and his brother Michael were sent to the Military Engineering Academy at St. Petersburg shortly after their mother’s death, though these plans had begun even before she became ill. It was not long before his father, a retired military surgeon who served as a doctor at the Mariinsky Hospital for the Poor in Moscow, also died in 1839. While not known for certain, it is believed that Mikhail Dostoevsky was murdered by his own serfs, who reportedly became...