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  1. It is sad to say that Nabokov, a talented and original novelist, allowed himself to criticize his much more talented writers.

    A critic and a writer in one person is like a refrigerator and the Internet in one device. Absolutely opposite opinions can be expressed about Dostoevsky. But these opinions should belong to readers who represent a very wide range of personal qualities, the degree of development of consciousness, intelligence, the ability to observe and feel. In short, it depends on individual “consumer” qualities.

    Statements, moreover, not very flattering on the part of the writer Nabokov to others, including great writers, reminds me of Yuri Loza, who smashed the Rolling Stones to smithereens and not only them, calling them, figuratively speaking, ignoramuses and hacks.

    “Dostoevsky gave me more than any scientific thinker. More than Gauss, ” Albert Einstein confessed.

    For that matter, you can also “scan” Nabokov's work and find in it a lot of what he “critically” found in the work of others.

    And this fact of his character does him no credit.

    Justice is an individual concept. What is fair for some is the height of injustice for others.

  2. Mr. Chubais once “criticized” Dostoevsky, i.e., as if he confessed his hatred for the great writer… I wonder what Nabokov would say about Mr. Chubais himself, if he could.

  3. Nabokov called Dostoevsky mediocre, reproached him with sentimentality, moralizing and mental illness.

    In my opinion, Dostoevsky was not mediocre, the power of image surpassed Nabokov, but many of his works are poorly written (monologues of several pages, delusional dialogues, delusional plots, clumsy language, bloated novels).

    Nabokov was a mentally balanced person and he was disgusted with the abnormal characters of Dostoevsky, disgusted with the sado – masochistic fullness of his plots.

    Nabokov respected himself and the reader, and loved a beautiful, skillful language, not the clumsy one that Dostoevsky often wrote.

  4. I read about Nabokov's attitude to Dostoevsky and was surprised how much my attitude to Dostoevsky coincides with Nabokov's. Tolstoy writes about the torments of conscience that lives in the people, and Dostoevsky says that one should not deviate from the Christian path, which is indicated by the Bible. This is the path of another people, not ours, so it does not find a response in the souls. Dostoevsky does not notice this. Here's a great psychologist for you.

  5. Nabokov's criticism is as objective as Strakhov's criticism is objective in relation to Dostoevsky. Strakhov is the man who, in a letter to Tolstoy, accused Fyodor Mikhailovich of pedophilia. Nabokov is a silver Age man, and the Silver Age had two poles: Tolstoy and Dostoevsky (about the same way now there are disputes between Marvel and DC fans-this is degradation!). If you like one, then you should drown the other. Well, Nabokov liked Tolstoy best – of all the classics, he put him above all others. Behind this “bathhouse with spiders” hides a much more complex attitude to the work of Fyodor Mikhailovich. Dostoevsky was a brilliant psychologist-he dissected the souls of many people and found in them that they were possessed by vice. Nabokov and Bunin were smart people, and they knew everything about other people without Dostoevsky, which is partly why they disliked him and liked Tolstoy. The fact that everything in the world is terrible, and you can learn from the newspapers, but to find the beautiful, you need to make an effort.

  6. Thanks.I don't like Dostoevsky's books,the vile fall of man cannot be a subject of reading.Hozhdenipf.M. to the palaces of the Romanovs, reading their books to them is a vile thing, a self, and what a thing at that.There is a complete fall in this.Christ was with the people, taught them,brought them up, not tolerating them among the rulers.

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