5fifteen15 (5fivefifteen15) wrote in fdostoevsky,

treatment of Dostoevsky in Soviet-era Russia

Can anyone point me to good books/articles about how Dostoevsky's works were treated in Soviet-era Russia? I'm curious both about critical interpretations and about the degree to which the government did or did not censor him. If one wanted to, could one go out and get a copy of Crime and Punishment or Notes from the Underground, for example? Somehow I doubt it, but I'd be curious to know for sure.

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Unfortunately, I don't know any articles. But in a general way:
In time of Lenin and Stalin Dostoevsky was not in a high favour with officials. "The Demons" was in black list, as far as I know, other books weren't restricted, but Dostoevsky wasn't so "popular". But even in this time he had been admitted as one of the greatest classical writers. But I just don't know, if there were any complete editions or just publications ot his works in that time.
In Khruschev's era Dostoevsky had left the underground, so to say. First Soviet film adaptation of Dostoevsky is "The Idiot", 1958. In time of Brezhnev, 60's and 70's, the tendency has remained. 1969 - screen adaptations of "The Brothers Karamazov" and "Crime and Punishment". Other screen adaptations, "Uncle's dream", etc. A lot of publications. Please pay attention, that these screen adaptation were supported by officials, and most talented and popular actors and directors dreamt to take part in these adaptations. Also a lot of spectacles in theaters, etc.
"Crime and punishment" has been included in school program. Scientific researches, etc.
To put it in a nutshell, he was absolutely admitted as a great genius classical writer.
Awesome, thank you very much. I will have to check out those films.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064839/ - Crime and Punishment
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0062757/ - The Brothers Karamazov
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051762/ - The Idiot
I hope you'll find them. They worth seeing. Good luck!
I recall reading that Lenin's wife (long after Dostoevsky was dead) took over the censorship department and banned some of Dostoevsky's work, but like lucydiam says, he was certainly recognized as a genius, and a speaker for the Russian people from his very first work.

I recall an article comparing Maxim Gorky to The Grand Inquisitor from "The Brother's Karamazov" but I'm not sure that's what you're looking for.


Yes, you're right. She banned "The Demons" ("The Possessed").
Crime and Punishment was in school program of literature in USSR))