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Elements of Dostoevsky in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut by Donald M. Fiene

In books, history, literature, writers on August 5, 2012 at 22:23

 

From: Elements of Dostoevsky in the Novels of Kurt Vonnegut by Donald M. Fiene, Dostoevsky Studies, http://www.utoronto.ca/tsq/DS/

… In any case, Vonnegut acknowledges having read the major Russian writers, Dostoevsky and Gogol among them, at a critical time in his life. His sense of having been directly influenced by them, however, is by no means certain. What the earlier portion of the above quotation means to me is that Vonnegut finds convincing my discovery of Russian elements in his fiction, although he was not in fact conscious of the origin of these elements while writing; hence, he has the mystical sense of having been served by creative powers seemingly outside himself – and he is humbled by that.

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