Russia

Dostoevsky’s liver

I am a sick man…I am a wicked man. An unattractive man. I think my liver hurts. Bar none, that is one of the best openings ever. Well, at least on of my favorites. But we would expect nothing less from Fyodor Dostoevsky and his existential novella, Notes from Underground. As the title suggests, the…

Am I a Hero, Lord Byron?

Mikhail Lermontov was considered to be the first Russian writer to produce Russia’s first prose fiction novel with the publication in 1840 of A Hero of Our Time. Lermontov was a true hero who died in a duel in 1841. Talk about your Byronic hero.The idea of the Byronic hero is appealing, to be sure.…