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Dostoevsky in Love


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A highly original and immersive new biography of Fyodor Dostoevsky, published to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth

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Alex Christofi is Editorial Director at Transworld Publishers and the author of the novels Let Us Be True and Glass, winner of the Betty Trask Prize for fiction. He has written for numerous publications including the Guardian and The White Review. Dostoevsky in Love is his first work of non-fiction. / @alex_christofi


A wonderfully readable account of one of the great, and difficult, figures in world literature, Dostoevsky in Love brings the subject brilliantly to life. Anyone who loves his novels will be fascinated by this book. * Sue Prideaux, author of I Am Dynamite! A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche *
Christofi immerses us in the forcefield of Dostoevsky's thought ... Beautifully crafted and realised, but it is the great love that Christofi feels for his subject that makes this such a moving book. * Frances Wilson, Guardian *
Whether you know everything or nothing about Dostoevsky, whether you love or hate him (and he was extremely annoying), this is the perfect modern biography. A celebration of human complexity which fuses surprising new information about the life of the writer with a passionate love for his books. Alex Christofi has created the most charismatic and engaging portrait of a tortured, brilliant man. Dostoevsky In Love is as entertaining as it is insightful. * Viv Groskop, author of The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature *
A wonderfully written life of Dostoevsky, in which the boundaries that conventionally separate biography and autobiography are dissolved to revelatory effect. * Tom Holland *
Combining equal parts fact and fiction with literary flair, Alex Christofi has crafted in Dostoevsky in Love a stunning, genre-bending work certain to captivate fans of Dostoevsky and the Russian classics. A daring and mesmerizing twist on the art of biography. * Douglas Smith, author of Rasputin: The Biography *
Alex Christofi has created a dazzling hybrid, a narrative account of Dostoevsky's life that blends the known facts with his letters and the most autobiographical elements of his fiction. The effect is like that of colourised film footage: the Dostoevsky that shambles through these pages possesses an immediacy and a realness that's almost uncanny. * Chris Power, novelist and author of Mothers *
A fierce account of Dostoevsky's inner and outer life ... Christofi's rapidly unrolling tapestry helps to capture the madcap, tumbling and ferocious quality of Dostoevsky's style * Financial Times *
Innovative biography ... The sociopolitical ferment of Russia bubble[s] up through Mr Christofi's pages * Wall Street Journal *
Fluently readable and warmly entertaining * Daily Telegraph *
[A] compelling portrait of the writer's inner world ... Christofi reminds us how much Dostoevsky's own failings and endless remorse informed his work and shaped his characters. My only caveat is that this lively account is too short. * New Humanist *
An immersive and visceral journey through the life of the revolutionary author ... [Dostoevsky in Love] feels like a cinematic thriller with one of those protagonists that you want to grasp by the shoulders and shake. * Irish Times *
An utterly charming, lively and original work that reads like a novel itself. * Globe and Mail *

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