Dostoyevsky wrote intensely psychological and spiritual novels that formed part of the foundation of existentialism. Along with other liberal intellectuals, he was arrested in 1849 and sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted, and he was exiled in Siberia for four years, followed by five years of mandatory service in the army. When he emerged from his long ordeal he faced financial problems, depression, and an addiction to gambling and wrote his most important novels.
Renowned Russian author and one of Russia’s chief literary figures. Dostoevsky is known for his vital style of writing and timeless characters. Highly influential, he is regarded by some as one of the originators of Existentialism.