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by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Analysis: Allusions When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.
Nikolai Karamzin, History of the Russian State Nikolai Karamzin, Letters of a Russian Traveler Russian Orthodox Spiritual Literature (" Menaions") Alexander Pushkin, " On Arakcheev" Alexander Pushkin, "The Poor Knight" [We couldn't find a good site about this poem—if you can dig up something, let us know.] Victor Hugo, " The Last Day of a Man Condemned to Death" M. P. Pogodin, "Samples of Old Slavonic-Russian Calligraphy" William Shakespeare, (translated by M. N. Katkov) Romeo and Juliet Apuleius, The Golden Ass Mikhail Lermontov, "The Journalist, the Reader, and the Writer" Friedrich Schiller, Cabal and Love Alexandre Dumas père, The Three Musketeers The New Testament of the Bible, almost all the Books Heinrich Heine, The History of Religion and Philosophy in Germany Alexandre Dumas fils, La Dame aux Camelias Sergei Solovyov, History of Russia from Ancient Times Alexander Griboedov, Woe from Wit N. G. Chernyshevsky, What Is to Be Done? Blaise Pascal, Thoughts on Religion and on Several Other Subjects Nikolai Gogol, The Marriage Nikolai Gogol, " Nevsky Prospect" Nikolai Gogol, " Dead Souls" Moliere, George Dandin Alexander Herzen, From My Past and Thought Cervantes, Don Quixote Voltaire Thomas Malthus Paul de Kock Jean-Jacques Rousseau Historical References The Bolshoi (Mariinksy) Opera Theater in St. Petersburg The Great Horde (the Mongol Empire) " The Beheading of John the Baptist" (painting by Hans Fries) The Crimean War (1853-56) Danilov, a murderer whose crime was very similar to that of Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment (the real-life crime came after the novel) Mazurin, a murderer who killed a jeweler with a razor Gorsky, a murderer who killed the family of the boy he was tutoring Balabanov, a murderer who killed a tradesman for his watch Lacenaire, a famous, vicious, and sadistic murderer (and poet) The Comtesse du Barry, mistress of Louis XV " Christ's Body in the Tomb" (painting by Holbein) Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, French social theorist and anarchist who coined the phrase, "Property is theft!" Pushkin's duel with George d'Anthes Napoleon (you might have heard of him) The Battle of Waterloo The War of 1812 The Freemasons The Jesuit Order Talleyrand, French statesman and famously brilliant tactician
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