Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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He was born in Russia in the year 1821, and die don 2881, was also known as a novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher.

Fyodor was part of the Petrashevsky Circle, and he was accused of reading Works from Belinsky, also sharing the texts from this and other authors, also in the group, they talked about the utopian socialism, something that the Tsar had prohibited. Fyodor responded to the charges by declaring that he read the essays “as a literary monument”, and Tsar Nicolas I made Dostoyevski and the people of the group be exiled to Siberia.

They say that even the relation between Tsar Nicolas I was bad, on other part, Tsar Alexander II wanted Dostoyevski to tutor his kids.

His more notable works are:
  • Crime And Punishment
  • The Dream Of A Ridiculous Man
  • The Passessed
  • Notes From The Underground
  • The Double
  • The Brothers Karamazov
  • The Idiot
  • The Diary Of A Writer
  • The Gambler
On the book “Notes From The Underground”, we can see how Dostoyevski shares his experience as a prisioner in Siberia. With his brother, they managed two influencial journals, the names were VREMYA and EPOKHA, but after Fyodor’s brother death, this journals died too.


  • Essayist: A person who writes essays that are published.
  • Accused: A person who is on a trial on a law court.
  • Tsar: The male Russian ruler.
  • Utopian: Relating to a perfect society.


Take a chance to read a book from Fyodor Dostoyevski and create a list of the words that are interesting to you, so you can increase your vocabulary.


  • Do you think is important to know about authors from other places? Why?

Session 4

Welcome to this activity created by Learning Advisor Ms. María José Elizalde Dávila from Satelite Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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