Introduced by Rosamund Bartlett
Dostoevsky’s immediate impulse for embarking on A Writer’s Diary in 1873 was a desire to come into closer contact with his readers. Published in monthly instalments, it became a unique journalistic enterprise incorporating art and politics, intimate confession, criticism and short stories. Far more popular than his novels ever were, the Diary was Dostoevsky’s favourite literary work.
Brilliantly introduced by Rosamund Bartlett, distinguished scholar and writer, the Diary stands revealed as the work of a writer-activist and blogger avant la lettre, who sought to transform Russian Society and humankind itself.