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Master Of Petersburg by J M Coetzee

Master Of Petersburg (original 1994; edition 2004)

by J M Coetzee

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Title:Master Of Petersburg
Authors:J M Coetzee
Info:Vintage (2004), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 256 pages
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The Master of Petersburg by J. M. Coetzee (1994)

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    Summer in Baden-Baden by Leonid Tsypkin (wrmjr66, giovannigf)
    wrmjr66: Another book that fictionalizes part of Dostoevsky's life.
    giovannigf: It's interesting to compare these two stories that feature Dostoevsky as a protagonist. Coetzee writes in a style that more closely resembles a 19th-century novel, but Tsypkin gets much closer to Dostoevsky's personality. Both will be enjoyable to fans of the Russian master's work.… (more)
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    The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (xtien)
    xtien: Brilliand novel by Coetzee about a fictional Dostoevsky
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    Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad (giovannigf)
    giovannigf: Conrad's most Dostoevsky-esque novel (supposedly written as a retort to Crime and Punishment) shares some of the themes and subjects of Coetzee's novel in which Dostoevsky is the protagonist. Both will help you when you're jonesin' for more Dostoevsky.
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    De Kozakkentuin by Jan Brokken (gust)
    gust: Ook over Dostojewski

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Knjiga o Dostojevskom koju kao da je pisao sam Dostojevski. Prikazuje melankoličan svijet Dostojevskog koji je ovdje i povijesna ličnost i fikcija. ( )
  Dinci | Aug 16, 2016 |
Knjiga o Dostojevskom koju kao da je pisao sam Dostojevski. Prikazuje melankoličan svijet Dostojevskog koji je ovdje i povijesna ličnost i fikcija. ( )
  Dinci | Aug 16, 2016 |
I was rather underwhelmed by this book- disappointing as Coetzee’s Disgrace is among my favorites. While I do respect the dark melancholy that hovers throughout the work- the internal dialog driving it felt contrived and shallow. Plus, I was bothered by the flirtation with pedophilia laced into the text. This work has been praised as a literary mystery- which, if intended- fails at achieving any dramatic tension towards discovering the ‘murderer’. And as Dostoevsky falls into intellectual dueling with Nechaev- the story careens to a halt. If the intellectual banter had been original or daring- this could have been overlooked. As it stands, it seems forced and stale. The one thing I can appreciate is the way Coetzee paints the setting and community of St. Petersburg- the streets, the people and the politics. If there is any successful tension in the book- it is not with Dostoevsky and his son’s death--- but of a city on the brink. ( )
  Alidawn | Feb 8, 2016 |
I recommend this for anyone who's read, at the very least, Crime & Punishment and Demons. I'm not sure how much sense it would make without that background. It's a wonderful piece of art, perfectly structured and paced, and reflects impressively on its themes - generational conflict, what it means to be an author, contemplation vs action - but is depressing in a way I'm not sure I can get behind. Don't get me wrong. I love depressing books. But this one... maybe it's just that Coetzee's more recent work has been so painfully bad, and I can see how he might have gotten there from this one. Maybe that just gets me down. But at the end, the suggestion that a quietist pessimism is the only available response to nihilism is, well, not so much beautifully dark as soul-crushingly morbid. Kind of like a Dostoevsky novel written by an atheist... oh... I see... ( )
  stillatim | Dec 29, 2013 |
This book was wonderful. A complex tale of personal relationships and personal struggles in the midst of death and grief. Coetzee really managed to capture the feeling of Dostoevsky and make him come alive for this fictionalized snapshot of his life. ( )
  .Monkey. | Nov 18, 2013 |
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In the fall of 1869 Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, lately a resident of Germany, is summoned back to St. Petersburg by the sudden death of his stepson, Pavel. Half crazed with grief, stricken by epileptic seizures, and erotically obsessed with his stepson's landlady, Dostoevsky is nevertheless intent on unraveling the enigma of Pavel's life. Was the boy a suicide or a murder victim? Did he love his stepfather or despise him? Was he a disciple of the revolutionary Nechaev, who even now is somewhere in St. Petersburg pursuing a dream of apocalyptic violence? As he follows his stepson's ghost—and becomes enmeshed in the same demonic conspiracies that claimed the boy—Dostoevsky emerges as a figure of unfathomable contradictions: naive and calculating, compassionate and cruel, pious and unspeakably perverse.

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The novel recreates the world of the Russian writer, Dostoevsky, with him as the protagonist. He returns from exile to St. Petersburg to investigate the death of his stepson, officially a suicide, but as he was a revolutionary Dostoevsky suspects murder. By the author of Waiting for the Barbarians.… (more)

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