"Moreover, you scorned our people, and compared the Albanese to sheep, and according to your custom think of us with insults. Nor have you shown yourself to have any knowledge of my race. Our elders were Epirotes, where this Pirro came from, whose force could scarcely support the Romans. This Pirro, who Taranto and many other places of Italy held back with armies. I do not have to speak for the Epiroti. They are very much stronger men than your Tarantini, a species of wet men who are born only to fish. If you want to say that Albania is part of Macedonia I would concede that a lot more of our ancestors were nobles who went as far as India under Alexander the Great and defeated all those peoples with incredible difficulty. From those men come these who you called sheep. But the nature of things is not changed. Why do your men run away in the faces of sheep?"
Letter from Skanderbeg to the Prince of Taranto ▬ Skanderbeg, October 31 1460

Fyodor Dostojevski

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Fyodor Dostojevski

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1821 - 1881
Russian Novelist
Dostojevski is - besides Tolstoy - the most widely read Russian novelist. He mixed social, Gothic and sentimental elements with visionary beliefs.
Born in Moscow, he became a military engineer, but turned to literature, publishing 'Poor Folk' in 1846.

Joining revolutionary circles in
St Petersburg, he was condemned to death, reprieved at the last moment, and sent to hard labour in Siberia.

In 1859 he returned to St Peters-burg, where he wrote his masterpiece 'Crime and Punishment' which sets forth a side of human nature never before portrayed with such insight and accuracy.

Two of his other great novels are 'The Idiot' and 'The Brothers Karamazov'.

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