EXPOSED: Fyodor Dostoevsky
Dostoevsky's father was murdered by his own serfs.
In 1847, Dostoevsky became involved with a mildly subversive group, the Petrashevsky Circle, and they were all arrested in 1849 and brought before a firing squad. The tsar spared him his life and Dostoevsky subsequently served 4 years of imprisonment and 4 years of forced service in the Siberian army and renounced his socialist convictions.
He had a passion for gambling and was frequently pursued by his creditors.
Dostoevsky loved sweets and kept hidden stashes on the bookshelves in his study. In the Dostoevsky Museum, there is a note from one of his children asking him if she could please have some money for candies. Apparently, they had better luck with him than with their mum and would pass him notes under the closed door while he was working.
He married his stenographer Anna Grigoryevna in 1867 after they became acquainted while working together on The Gambler.
Dostoevsky sometimes drank grain vodka at breakfast while chewing on brown bread. He told Mikhail Alexandrov that this was the healthiest way to drink vodka.
According to his mistress Polina Suslova, he had a taste for feet.
After an epileptic fit, Dostoevsky was sometimes suffered memory loss and disorientation for days.