John Bayley, 16 June 1983
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Harvard, 296 pp., £16, October 1981, 0 674 21490 0Show More
Dostoevsky by John Jones.
Oxford, 365 pp., £15, May 1983, 9780198126454Show More
New Essays on Dostoyevsky edited by Malcolm Jones and Garth Terry.
Cambridge, 252 pp., £25, March 1983, 0 521 24890 6Show More
The Art of Dostoevsky: Deliriums and Nocturnes by Robert Louis Jackson.
Princeton, 380 pp., £17.60, January 1982, 0 691 06484 9Show More
“... Most novels, if they come off, are orgies of self-congratulation, shared between the writer and the reader, who unconsciously understand both what is going on and what is needed. To enjoy a novel is by extension to enjoy oneself, and novelists in their various ways accommodate the process. Although the rules are always changing, both sides know the game ...”