6: The Many Faces of Fyodor Mikhailovich
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky is known for huge, intense, philosophical works, but this reputation ignores the great variety of his writing.
15: The Petersburg Feuilletons
A journalistic piece from 1847, in which Fyodor Mikhailovich lambasts "the dreamer" omnipresent in St. Petersburg life.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov
33: Masha is Lying on the Table
A diary entry Dostoyevsky wrote on the death of his first wife, which became an extraordinary and impassioned meditation on death, immortality and human relationships.
:: Translation by Eugenia Sokolskaya
47: The Crocodile
Dostoyevsky's hilarious story about a man swallowed by a crocodile, which was also a brilliant satire on political economy and the importation of Western ideas to Russia.
:: Translation by Constance Garnett and Sarah Young
103: Fathers and Children
A 24-line poem that summarizes Dostoyevsky's novel, The Brothers Karamazov.
This extract from The Writer's Diary tells the story of a peasant's religious conversion, which Dostoyevsky turns into a discussion of the nature of Russian peasants.
:: Translation by Kenneth Lantz