Twilight of the Idols


Friedrich Nietzsche

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Fyodor Dostoevsky Character Analysis

(1821–1881) Fyodor Dostoevsky was a Russian novelist lauded for his psychological insight. Nietzsche examines Dostoevsky in his discussion of criminals, praising Dostoevsky’s surprisingly positive experiences living amongst criminals in Siberia, where Dostoevsky spent four years in a prison camp. (Nietzsche, in Twilight of the Idols, argues that criminals aren’t weak and flawed, but “strong human being[s] under unfavorable conditions.”)
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Fyodor Dostoevsky Character Timeline in Twilight of the Idols

The timeline below shows where the character Fyodor Dostoevsky appears in Twilight of the Idols. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Expeditions of an Untimely Man
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...likes to do best in secret, and this hurts him. As an example, Nietzsche cites Dostoevsky’s surprisingly positive experience living among criminals in Siberia. (full context)