Easter in the life of Dostoevsky

Easter Time, the theme of rebirth in a new, better life, the resurrection of the soul and moral renewal has always occupied a special place in the work of one of the greatest novelists of all time Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Dostoevsky was a Russian Orthodox believer for whom the image of Christ was a “symbol of faith” so powerful that he would choose it over proven truth. Turning to the spiritual nature of the Easter celebration, the writer reflected on goodness and mercy, love and forgiveness. According to the will of Dostoevsky, it is on Easter days that the moral resurrection of Rodion Raskolnikov takes place in “Crime and Punishment”.

Traditional Easter greeting is Христос воскрес! (Christ is risen!) and the response is Воистину воскрес! (In truth He is risen!)

Materials on the life and work of Dostoevsky are collected on the web portal of the Presidential Library in “The World of Dostoevsky” collection.




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