Fyodor Dostoevsky, Walker Percy and the Demonic Self

  title={Fyodor Dostoevsky, Walker Percy and the Demonic Self},
  author={J. Desmond},
  journal={The Southern Literary Journal},
  pages={107 - 88}
  • J. Desmond
  • Published 22 March 2012
  • Philosophy
  • The Southern Literary Journal
Walker Percy was quite emphatic about Fyodor Dostoevsky's influence on his writing. In an interview with Rebecca Presson he stated the matter explicitly. I suppose my model is nearly always Dostoevsky, who was a man of very strong convictions, but his characters illustrated and incarnated the most powerful themes and issues and trends of his day. I think maybe the greatest novel of all time is The Brothers Karamazov which ... almost prophesies and prefigures everything--all the bloody mess and… Expand
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