Bulgarian Journal of Psychiatry, 2019; 4(2):52-55
KIRILLOV AND DOSTOEVSKY
Abstract. The literary character Alexei Kirillov from the Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel “Demons” is presented. Emphasis is placed on Kirillov’s suicide and the answer to the question whether it is a psychiatric case or an existential hero we are speaking of. The Dostoevsky’s case illustrates the good use of a common neurological disorder (epilepsy) by a remarkable writer, who transforms suffering into art and a disadvantage into an advantage.
Key words: suicide, epilepsy, Dostoevsky, Kirillov
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