Dostoyevsky and the Process of Literary Creation

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Catteau's highly acclaimed book on Dostoyevsky has already won three French literary awards, and now appears in English for the first time. This is an original and detailed attempted to reexamine Dostoyevsky the artist, tracing the creative process from its notebook beginnings to its novelistics expression, and at the same time analyzing the structures of time and space, the role of color, and other important textual features. For this edition, the author has revised his book and updated the bibliography giving, where possible, references to the Soviet Academy of Sciences' edition of Dostoyevsky's works and to English versions of critical sources.

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"This monumental work abounds with originality." The Russian Review

"...a distinguished contribution to Dostoyevsky studies, and a work that no future student of the subject will be able to neglect." Slavic and East European Journal

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Table of Contents

Preface to the English edition; List of abbreviations; General editor's note on transliteration and references; General introduction; Part I. The Creative Environment: Introduction; 1. Forms of creativity in embryo; 2. The heritage; 3. The heritage: literature; 4. The heritage: history and philosophy; 5. Illness; 6. Money; Part II. The Process of Creation: Introduction; 7. The writer at work; 8. The great dialogue: the news item; 9. The great dialogue: migrant images; 10. The play of dialogue; 11. The unity of thought in the novel; 12. The summit of creative interrogation: 'The Life of a Great Sinner'; 13. A Raw Youth: reasons for choice; 14. A Raw Youth: the appearance of the vision; 15. A Raw Youth: the human architecture; 16. A Raw Youth: the idea of the novel; 17. The composition of the novel in Dostoyevsky's work: choice of chronicle form; 18. Composition of the novel in A Raw Youth: chronicle and stories; Part III. Time and Space in the World of the Novels: Introduction; 19. The master of men and hours; 20. Chronology and temporality in The Idiot; 21. The ascending spiral; 22. Time of power and power of time; 23. The heavens of eternity; 24. The dream of space and the space of the real; 25. The inventory and the expressionist orchestration of scenery and lighting; 26. The semantics of colour; 27. The hero in space: sighting and seeing; Conclusion; Notes; Select bibliography; Index of names.

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