Retelling Dostoyevsky: Literary Responses and Other Observations

Synopsis

"Retelling Dostoyevksy studies the Russian author through recreations of his novels by nine twentieth-century writers deeply influenced by him. It examines ten individual novels - two by Joseph Conrad, the others by Richard Wright, Leonid Leonov, Vladimir Nabokov, Bernard Malamud, David Storey, J. M. Coetzee, Frank Herbert, and Albert Camus. Half are versions of Crime and Punishment, the others are of The Idiot, The Possessed, and The Brothers Karamazov. These retellings shed surprising light on the creative process of each of the novelists, and are valuable as highly imaginative, interpretive criticism of Dostoyevsky's novels as well. The study also deals with influence as a phenomenon. It identifies motives particular to each novelist for his creative reuse of Dostoyevsky, and explores theoretic approaches to the problem of influence through Mikhail Bakhtin and Harold Bloom." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved