The French as Dostoevsky Saw Them

Bellow, Saul
May 1955
New Republic;5/23/55, Vol. 132 Issue 21, p17
The article focuses on the book "The French As Dostoevsky Saw Them." Some of the strictures of novelist Feodor M. Dostoevsky repelled author by their harshness. He is disagreeable as only a great radical can be. Recalling how evasive he had been when the Tsar's soldiers killed Polish patriots, the author disliked his Slavophile notions. Dostoevsky was therefore no ordinary Soviet Union tourist in Paris. He had been condemned to death; the sentence had been commuted to Siberian exile; this exile had recently ended. Dostoevsky found what he needed in France, England, and Germany to support his prejudgments.


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