About the author:
Alexander N. Taganov, DSc in Philology, Professor, Ivanovo State University, Ermaka 39, 153025 Ivanovo, Russia.
The perception of Dostoevsky’s creative works by the French writer N. Sarraute is analyzed. Her interpretation of the Russian writer’s characters and peculiar features of the portraits made by him are studied. Special attention is paid to the problem of the ≪underground man≫ in Dostoevsky’s works, which becomes a subject of thinking for Sarraute and an important point in her development of theoretical positions that form the basis of the “new novel” aesthetics. It is concluded that the interpretation of Dostoevsky’s work and his understanding of human nature are explained by the aesthetic principles of Sarraute. Based on her own philosophical and aesthetic ideas, Sarraute reduces Dostoevsky’s “underground man” to the universal archetypal unconscious, not taking into account personal, spiritual, and social in that man.