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Encyclopedia > The Peasant Marey

The Peasant Marey is a short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky written in 1876. Though framed as an autobiographical recount of some of his time spent in prison (around Easter 1850), the story is truly preoccupied with a childhood memory from when Dostoevsky was nine and living in the Tula province with his father. It is generally considered a piece of Slavophilic literature. Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (Russian: Фёдор Миха́йлович Достое́вский, Fëdor Mihajlovič Dostoevskij, sometimes transliterated Dostoyevsky ) (November 11 [O.S. October 30] 1821 – February 9 [O.S. January 28] 1881) is considered one of the greatest Russian writers, whose works have had a profound and lasting effect on twentieth-century fiction. ... 1876 (MDCCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... A Slavophile was an advocate of the supremacy of Slavic culture over that of others, especially Western European culture. ...


Synopsis

The story opens around the holiday season, with Dostoevsky wandering the prison camp. After being insulted by a Polish prisoner, Dostoevsky heads back to the bunks in an effort to check his temper. As he lies in his bed, Dostoevky vividly recalls a memory from his early childhood.


Dostoevsky recalls his time in the country as a child, specifically a cool autumn day. While playing near a birch wood, he hears the shout "Wolf! Wolf!" Panicked, Dostoevsky runs away from the birch wood, finally coming across the peasant Marey. Marey comforts the young Dostoevsky, reassuring him that there are no wolves in the area. Dostoevky is mollified by the peasant's genuine concern, and eventually returns to playing.


Dostoevsky returns from his memory in prison, comforted by the fact that even Russian peasants have such a degree of culture and understanding.

References

  • Magarshack, David, The Best Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky (New York: The Modern Library, 2005), xi-xxvi.


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