Dostoyevskian is a good way to describe a book or story that's similar in style or subject to the writing of Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

If you want your writing to be Dostoyevskian, be sure to include plenty of passion and drama, as well as a deep examination of your characters' inner lives and thoughts. Dostoyevsky wrote long, complex, realistic novels that investigated social issues, especially the contrast between wealthy and poor people, and emphasized the importance of critical, intense moments in a person's life. Dostoyevskian writing also thoroughly explores the psychology of its characters — most famously in the interior monologues of Raskolnikov in "Crime and Punishment."

Definitions of Dostoyevskian
  1. adjective
    of or relating to or in the style of Feodor Dostoevski
    synonyms: Dostoevskian
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