Question by Jack: Why was Russian lit so much better than Victorian English lit?
Tolstoy, Gogol, Dostoyevsky, Turgenev… all of them better than anything England ever produced (let alone during the 19th century).
Why were the Russians so great at writing during that particular time in history?
@BT Tolstoy was an army officer, you dunce! Ever hear of the Crimean War? You make it sound like they lived easy lives of leisure…is that how you would characterize Dostoyevsky’s time spent in a prison in Siberia?
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Answer by BT
They were not involved in any wars, They also had the opportunity and time to write. there were other great writers from other countries during this time.
Answer by Roger
Better in what sense?
They certainly tend to be more exciting, in the same way a biography of a drunken, whoring, thieving artist would be more fun to read than the story of a quiet family man who paid his taxes. That wouldn’t necessarily mean the first was better as biography than the second.
Several English authors such as George Eliot, Thackeray, even Dickens, had profound observations to make on life and character, but they couldn’t compete with stories about semi-madmen, always saying and doing wild and unpredictable things.
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