All you’ve always wanted to know about Dostoevsky
RBTH: Were Dostoevsky's views on religion unique? Which works best show his religious convictions? Brice Jordan
Ludmila Saraskina: Dostoevsky's specific view on religion involves the fact that his faith endured the suffering and hardships of doubt. Most clearly his religious beliefs are expressed in the novel “The Brothers Karamazov.”
RBTH: I would like to know about Dostoevsky's attitude to Christianity. Érika Batista
L.S.: Dostoevsky was an Orthodox Christian and viewed Christ with great love.
RBTH: Was Dostoevsky familiar with Catholicism? A critical attitude appears in his works. Paula Almarat
L.S.: When in the forced labor camp, Dostoevsky became acquainted with Polish Catholic convicts. He was offended by their arrogant attitude to the Orthodox prisoners. Later, he wrote many critical things about the Roman Pope Pius IX.
RBTH: Did Dostoyevsky read works of Church Fathers and was he influenced by John Chrysostom? Euthimios Nikrer
L.S.: Of course he read them, both the Fathers of the Church and St. John Chrysostom. And he referred to him many times in his works. He knew his Liturgy and cited his “Word of the Holy Easter, Where, death, is your sting?”
RBTH: Do you think “The Dream of the Ridiculous Man” had a religious/spiritual intent or more humanitarian? Dmitry Groesbeck
L.S.: Dostoevsky’s faith contained an enormous potential for humanity. That is why, in “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man,” religious and humanistic ideas appear inseparable.
RBTH: In what way does Raskolnikov correlate with Dostoevsky’s own "I"?Vinícius Ramos Pires
L.S.: Dostoevsky had a very clear understanding of all the motives and impulses of Raskolnikov, but he never endured such an experience.
RBTH: Did Dostoevsky draw ideas for his works from his own experience? Did he suffer mental illness? Did he have any problems with the law? Al Diri Ahmad
L.S.: Of course, he used his own experience, as does every writer. He did not suffer mental illness; he was perfectly sane. In his youth he suffered strong nervous tension and feared lethargy. As for the law, for his participation in a revolutionary discussion group in 1849, he was arrested, tried and sentenced to death by firing squad. The sentence was commuted to four years of hard labor, and for six years of exile on military service. He was released in 1859.
RBTH: What was the cause of Dostoevsky’s epilepsy?
L.S.: Most likely the forced labor camp and his time at the prison for convicts in Omsk (1850-1854).
RBTH: Who was he inspired by when he was young? Nicole G. Landry
L.S.: He was addicted to the works of Karamzin, Pushkin, Shakespear, Schiller, and Goethe.
RBTH: Besides Pushkin and Georges Sand, to whom Dostoevsky dedicated a text after her death, which writers and thinkers did Dostoevsky admire, and who influenced his creativity? Mônica Colacique
L.S.: Shakespeare, Schiller, Balzac, Goethe, Hoffmann, and Hugo.
RBTH: Did Dostoevsky study clinical psychology? Mohamed Lami
L.S.: He never studied it formally, but he understood it intuitively.