Lauded as "socially responsible literature" by critics all over the world, "Poor Folk" quickly became a landmark book for its portrayal of the human plight. Through a series of letters exchanged between the characters, "Poor Folk" provides a profound account of the lives of low-income Russians during the mid-nineteenth century.
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Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (11 November 1821 - 9 February 1881), sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Dostoyevsky's literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmospheres of 19th-century Russia, and engage with a variety of realistic philosophical and religious themes.
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This is Dostoevsky¿s first novel, written when he was 25. It¿s a short epistolary novel and I think a good introduction to this russian literary giant. It¿s essential Dostoyevskian in style and theme - the random thoughts and extreme emotions - the exploration of the destitute people - the solitary underground man who seems on the brink of insanity. We follow the correspondence between two very poor people - Makar, an old clerk, and his distant relative, the young orphaned girl Varvara - in a period of about eight months in Sct. Petersburg. It is painful, even embarrassing to read their honest, desperate letters - they are exposed in their most vulnerable state of mind, pleading for help at one point - loosing all their dignity in the process, then trying to cover up and apologize and trying to hold the head up high.The old Makar is clearly in love with Varvara - but trying to brush it of as fatherly affection - Varvara has deep affection for Makar seek a solution to be free and not dependent on him.The novels conclusion - well, it felt unfinished - I wanted to read on, knowing more about their fate, and yet, maybe it was the right time to end it. Very thought-provoking, very intense, very sad novel.