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Four recommended works of Dostoevsky! A selection of gems and masterpieces of interesting Russian literature!

あのトルストイと並ぶロシアの文豪、ドストエフスキー。

ドストエフスキーといえば『罪と罰』や『カラマーゾフの兄弟』など文学界では知らぬ者のない名作を残した圧倒的巨人です。彼は人間心理の深層をえぐり出し、重厚で混沌とした世界を私達の前に開いてみせます。そして彼の独特な語り口とあくの強い個性的な人物達が織りなす物語には何とも言えない黒魔術的な魅力があります。私もその黒魔術に魅せられた一人です。

この記事ではそんなドストエフスキーのおすすめ作品や参考書を紹介していきます。またどの翻訳がおすすめか、何から読み始めるべきかなどのお役立ち情報もお話ししていきます。

パヴロフThe Industrial Revolution and British and European Society

Oxford Portrait of Science: Pavlov" A recommended biography of the great Russian scientist, famous for his "conditioned reflex" and Pavlov's dog!

The "conditioned reflex" and "Pavlov's dog" are directly related to modern brain science and neurological research. Therefore, I had assumed that they were more recent or had been studied in the UK or Germany.

I had no idea that was Russia in the 19th century!

At the very time that Dostoevsky and Tolstoy were drawing on psychological and religious writings that had little science in them, Pavlov was working on scientific research...

This was something I could not imagine if I only thought about Russian literature. In this sense, this biography is a valuable work that allowed me to look at Russia at that time from a different angle than usual, that of science.

Dostoevsky and His Wife's Fateful Journey: Travels in Western Europe of Madness and Love

(1) A brief introduction to Dostoevsky (1821-1866 "from birth to around the time of "Crime and Punishment") before meeting his wife, Lady Anna.

This article will briefly review the first half of Dostoevsky's life before he met his wife, Lady Anna. It is quite difficult to summarize his tumultuous life in short, but we have tried to make it as compact and to the point as possible.

Knowing how difficult Dostoevsky's life had been, it becomes clear how fortunate he was to have met Madame Anna.

Dostoevskyism

Mutsumi Yamashiro, "Dostoevsky" - A recommended reference book full of sharp explanations for deep reading of the five great works!

This work is an overwhelmingly deep and incisive discussion of the Five Great Lengths from a wide range of perspectives. I was immediately impressed by this book. In the beginning of the book, Futabatei Shimei talks about Dostoevsky and Russian literature. This book, which began with the words of Futabatei Shimei, is a wonderful work that is exactly as he said it would be.

In particular, Bakhtin's explanation of polyphony is very clear.

Mr. Yamashiro's explanation makes very clear the difficult concept that we often see in Dostoevsky's commentaries that "Dostoevsky's novels are polyphony," which seems to be understandable but not understandable. I recommend this book!

Impressions of the Summer Recounted in Autumn - Trip to Paris and Georgia

(2) First walk in Paris. From Place de la Concorde to the Seine. Flinch at the casual stylishness of Parisians.

I arrived in Paris and took my first stroll. I headed to the Seine through the Place de la Concorde.

Place de la Concorde is also known as the place where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were executed.

And I was completely influenced by the Parisians at the front desk of the hotel.
Like Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, I was supposed to go to Paris with the spirit of "Come on, Paris, be prepared," but I was suddenly thrown off the track. I will be staying in Paris for the next week. What will I think of this city?

Tolstoy, the Russian Giant

Tolstoy's 10 recommended works, commentaries, and a list of his works - Experience the overwhelming scale of the Russian giant!

In this article, we will first introduce 10 works that we particularly recommend from among those we have introduced in this blog so far, followed by a list of recommended commentaries and other works.

Even the works that did not make it to the recommended list are all essential to know Tolstoy. Tolstoy has a surprisingly large number of works, many of which are not introduced in this blog. So, basically, all of the works introduced in this blog are considered to be recommended works, but we have selected the 10 most important ones.

Marx Engels Writings and Related Works

『人類の知的遺産49 バクーニン』~ロシアの革命家バクーニンの生涯を知るのにおすすめの伝記

前回の記事で紹介したゲルツェンと同じく、マルクスを知るために同時代の革命家たちのことを知ろうということでこの本を取りました。バクーニンもマルクス伝記を読めば必ず出てきますし、ドストエフスキー伝にも出てくる人物です。

バクーニンはロシアの大貴族の家に生まれました。前回紹介したゲルツェンもそうでした。19世紀ロシアを代表する革命家の二人が共に大貴族の息子という事実は驚きでした。ちなみに1917年のロシア革命の立役者になるレーニンも貴族の生まれです。

とにかくぶっ飛んだ強烈な個性を目の当たりにすることになります。

この伝記もとても面白かったです。この本もおすすめです!

Marx Engels Writings and Related Works

長縄光男『評伝ゲルツェン』~おすすめ伝記!ロシアの革命家の波乱の人生とは

ゲルツェンはドストエフスキーやツルゲーネフなど、ロシアの文豪のことを調べていると必ず出てくる人物でありますし、今更新を続けているマルクスにも関係のある人物です。

この本を読むと意外な事実が驚くほど出てきます。革命家ゲルツェンがとてつもない大金持ちで、その資産運用をロスチャイルドに委託していたという事実も出てきます。これには私もびっくりでした。人間としても危険な革命家というわけではなく、あくまで穏健で理性的な人だったということも明らかになります。

ぜひぜひおすすめしたい1冊です。

Tolstoy, the Russian Giant

Tolstoy's "Shakespeare and Theatre Theory" Summary and Comments - Tolstoy hated Shakespeare with all his heart. What were the reasons for this?

The paper is a work of some wonder, as Tolstoy, a well-known Shakespeare hater, goes on and on about 50 pages in two columns, top and bottom, about why he hates Shakespeare.

I love Shakespeare as opposed to Tolstoy, so this was a question that bothered me in reverse. I can't help but think, "What's not to like about Shakespeare? I can't help but think, "What's not to like about Shakespeare?

This article will take a closer look at why Tolstoy hates Shakespeare.

Tolstoy, the Russian Giant

Tolstoy's "Childhood" Synopsis and Comments - Tolstoy's debut novel, which surprised the Russian literary world!

この作品はトルストイ文学の原点であり、ここで駆使されたトルストイの文学的手法は後の作品にも貫かれています。

この作品を読めばトルストイの驚くほどの感受性、繊細さを感じることになるでしょう。

In terms of volume, the work is quite compact, with less than 200 pages in the paperback edition. Although the name "Tolstoy," a great writer, may give an image of being difficult to understand, the narrative style of this work is very easy to read.

This work is a good gateway to understanding what makes Tolstoy unique.