Author: Viktor S. Vainerman
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Honored Cultural Worker of the Russian Federation, member of the Union of Russian Writers, professor of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, director of the Fyodor Dostoevsky Omsk State Literary Museum, 1 Dostoevsky st., Omsk 644099, Russia.

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Vaierman, V.S. “Beyond the Words. Apollonio, Carol Dostoevsky’s Secrets. Reading Against the Grain. Review”. Dostoevsky and World Culture. Philological journal, no. 1 (13), 2021, pp. 255-262. (In Russ.)

Received: 25 Aug. 2020
Published: 25 Mar. 2021
Issue: 2021 no. 1(13)
Department: REVIEWS
Pages: 255-262
UDK: 82.0
BBK: 83.3+83
Keywords: unusual relations, change of approach, authorial intents, strange actions, high bar, Dostoevsky’s creative thinking, intertwining mysteries.
Abstract: Going “against the grain”, Carol Apollonio notices unusual and unexpected relations between characters, and by underlining the realism in Dostoevsky’s works, she relates them to real life. There is no work of Dostoevsky that could be able to stand up to criticism founded on strictly logical schemes, general rules, and writers’ “models”. Dostoevsky does everything wrong, differently from all the others. Carol Apollonio’s book marks the beginning of a new phase in research on Dostoevsky. She is like a small university whose main lesson is to teach its students systemic thinking and how to approach self-instruction systematically and without stereotypes. Carol Apollonio’s book shows once again how Dostoevsky, maybe more than any other writer in the world, does not tolerate fixed opinions nor research methods approved once and for all.


1. Apollonio, C. Sekrety Dostoevskogo: chtenie protiv techeniia [Dostoevsky’s Secrets. Reading Against the Grain]. Translated by E. Tsypina. Saint Petersburg, Academic Studies Press\ BiblioRossika Publ., 2020. 320 p.