Diacronia 13, June 13, 2021, art. A185 (p. 1–6)

In the name of the father. A personal dostoevskian myth

Călin-Horia Bârleanu


Faculty of Letters and Communication Sciences, “Ștefan cel Mare” University, Str. Universității 13, 720229 Suceava, Romania


Received February 26, 2021
Accepted April 1, 2021
Published August 18, 2021

Key words

paternal figure


Dostoevsky’s name is already linked to an almost equal number of myths concerning his works, as his life. This fact does not, however, take away from his resplendence, since the true dimension of his great works is still revealing its secrets and meanings. Focused in many of his masterpieces on the paternal figure (manifestly projected or, sometimes, expressed in a latent register), the writer remains captive to his own abyss, from which he derives his creativity, undoubtedly distilling his torment – a torment, it seems, he experienced constantly throughout his life. The symbolic weaving of his work reveals a true thematic network in which the image of the father dominates akin to a god – usually an indifferent and absent one.


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    Text:Bârleanu, C. (2021). In the name of the father. A personal dostoevskian myth, Diacronia 13 (August 18), A185 (1–6),
     author = {Călin-Horia Bârleanu},
     title = {In the name of the father. A personal dostoevskian myth},
     journal = {Diacronia},
     ISSN = {2393-1140},
     year = {2021},
     month = {August},
     number = {13},
     eid = {A185},
     doi = {},
     pages = "(1–6)",
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