Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky – My Favourite Writer Author: I.Vdovin, the 11th form “Learn and read. Read books seriously. Life will do all the rest.” F.M. Dostoevsky Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky is an outstanding Russian writer and is now regarded as one of the best novelists in the world • He was born in 1821 in Moscow. • His father was a physician and he was quite cruel, while his mother was a very kind woman. • The place, where they lived, was surrounded by gloomy institutions: a cemetery, a mental house, an orphanage. • That atmosphere greatly influenced Dostoevsky’s works in the future. When Fyodor was 17, he successfully passed the exams and entered Saint Petersburg Institute of Military Engineering. Fyodor didn’t like the academy because of his lack of interest in science, mathematics and his preference for drawing and architecture. Dostoyevsky had bad relations with his classmates because of his character and interests. He showed bravery and a strong sense of justice, protected newcomers. Sometimes he was rude with teachers, criticised corruption among officers and helped poor farmers. Although he was solitary and lived in his own literary world. His early works were published when he was 21 or 22 years old. His first work “Poor Folk” made him immediately famous. One of the best literary critics of that time Belinsky said, that the novel was excellent and socially useful. • After that, several other novels and short stories were written by Dostoevsky, but they didn’t bring him success and left him in financial crisis. • Other difficult periods in novelist’s life include Siberian exile, prison from 1849 till 1854 and the gambling trip to Europe. •In 1866 one of his most renowned works “Crime and Punishment” was published. • “Crime and Punishment” is the novel I like best. • It describes Rodion Raskolnikov’s life from the murder of a pawnbroker to his spiritual regeneration with the help of Sonya. • At the same time Dostoevsky was working on “Gambler”. Then he wrote his another outstanding novels “The Idiot” and “Demons”. • The great writer died in February 1881 after suffering a lung hemorrhage. His last novel was “The Brothers Karamazov”. My favorite Dostoyevsky’s novels are: • “Crime and Punishment” • “The Idiot” • “Poor Folk” • “White Nights” • “Demons” Why is Dostoyevsky my favorite writer? • I like Dostoevsky's works for many reasons. Firstly, personally for me, his books are easy and interesting to read. Secondly, Dostoyevsky shows us the other world. It is the world of poor and pained people and helps to find a way in the life. Thirdly, after every book I read, I understand more and more that every person should be kind, helpful and we should care about each other. In general, Dostoyevsky’ s books develop good features of my character. “I do not want and can not believe that evil is the normal condition of people.” F.M. Dostoevsky Thanks for your attention!