Fyodor Dostoyevsky and His Epileptic Nirvana

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On the 9th of February 1881, one of the most prolific Russian writers, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, died of complications after a pulmonary haemorrhage in Saint Petersburg in the Russian Empire. On the day of his death he asked his wife to read him a passage from the Bible (Matthew 3:14-15): “But John forbid him, saying, I have need to be baptised of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness”. Then he uttered his last words: “Hear now – permit it. Do not restrain me!” (Geir Kjetsaa, Fyodor Dostoyevsky: A Writer’s Life). After this, Dostoyevsky fell into a coma from which he never woke up.

41fZSqCpNPLDostoyevsky’s last words are those of a man who has accepted his fate; he is aware of his unavoidable end, yet he takes it…

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