Tuesday, October 27, 2009

a woolf's thoughts on dostoevsky

"The novels of Dostoevsky are seething whirlpools, gyrating sandstorms, waterspouts which hiss and boil and suck us in. They are composed purely and wholly of the stuff of the soul. Against our wills we are drawn in, whirled round, blinded, suffocated, and at the same time filled with a giddy rapture. Out of Shakespeare there is no more exciting reading."

From the essay 'The Russian Point of View' by Virginia Woolf (The Common Reader)

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