Robin Feuer Miller is Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities; professor of Russian and comparative literature; and chair, Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature, Brandeis University. She has published extensively on Russian literature and recently edited The Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian Novel. She lives in Newton, MA.
Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title from 2008. "In this lucid and highly personal book, Robin Miller provides a new vantage point from which to view the subtleties and ambiguities that arise from Dostoevsky's major texts."-Joseph Frank, Emeritus Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University "A splendid achievement. This Dostoevsky is 'unfinished' in the best sense: still speaking to us, instructing us on the varieties of religious experience, and urging upon us the importance of reading books as well as human beings with equal care."-Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University "In these wide-ranging essays, Robin Feuer Miller draws on her intimate knowledge of Dostoevsky's notebooks and letters to reveal the complex and even contradictory impulses that find expression in his fiction-fiction which, as she eloquently argues, nevertheless remains unsurpassed in its power to move us and change our lives."-J. M. Coetzee "Richly informed, these linked essays are meditations on key aspects of Dostoevsky's writing, seen from angles sometimes familiar, sometimes startling, but always illuminating. Robin Miller is a wonderfully sensitive reader. Her chapters on Dostoevsky's use of parable and on the complex nature of conversion in his fiction are by themselves worth the price of this volume."-Donald Fanger, Harvard University "Patient, subtle and illuminating, this book invites readers to unfinished journeys of their own-not because any of the eight linked chapters or circuits is incomplete, but because each one lays the ground for ongoing reflection and tempts us to further voyages in Dostoevsky and beyond."-Michael Wood, Princeton University