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Literary Genesis of a Justification for Killing: From Posterity to Forefathers

Olga Meerson. "Literary Genesis of a Justification for Killing: From Posterity to Forefathers." Tolstoy Studies Journal VII.1994 (1994).

Napoleon invaded Moscow in 1812; Raskolnikov killed the old crone in 1866, or so, but a Tolstoy character who attempted to kill Napoleon, named Pierre Bezukhoff, is based on Raskolnikov who would be his great-grandson, had they occupied history and not stages of novelistic genesis. The article explores the influence of Dostoevsky on Tolstoy in matters pertaining to the Napoleonic idea in Russia.

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