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November 3, 2007

Dostoevsky, the early psychologist

Filed under: General,Links — Ivan Herman @ 16:20

I read quite a lot of Dostoevsky as a teenager (alongside other Russian novels of his age) but I have not done it for a long time. Lately I read (again) one his novels, “The Insulted and Humiliated”. Behind the sometimes bit oldish literary style, it is quite an amazing book. Something I did not realize as a teenager: most of the human characters in the book appear as if they were study cases in a psychology handbook. Their reactions, their actions, etc, are all based on complex human behavioral patterns that could have been described by Freud. The noteworthy fact, however, is that the book was written in 1861, when Freud was still a 5 year old… I think I will have to pick the other novels of Dostoevsky from my bookshelf and read them again!


1 Comment

  1. Excellent post. Thought you might be interested in this list of classic Russian novels.

    Comment by Michael J. Farrand — December 10, 2007 @ 17:22

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