"A comprehensive study."—Choice
"As a contribution to Doestoevskii studies, this book will be of primary importance. . . . Irina Paperno has written fruitful book."—The Slavonic Review
"A pathbreaking book. . . . Paperno's research is impeccable, and the information amassed is invaluable."—The Russian Review
"This book will make an important contribution to nineteenth-century Russian studies. It is not for literary scholars alone; by examining suicide as a cultural institution, Paperno brings together the history of medicine, law, literature, and philosophy in a meaningful way."—Slavic Review
"An exciting book. In it Paperno discusses ideas about the meaning of suicide from classical times to the late nineteenth century, when Russia was said to have experienced 'a epidemic of suicides."—A. S. Byatt, The Threepenny Review
"Inspired by the interpretive dilemma of suicide in nineteenth-century Russia, Paperno offers a superb reading of contemporary responses, across genres and philosophical divides. A fascinating view of the symbolic recesses of a culture in transition."—Laura Engelstein, author of The Keys to Happiness: Sex and the Search for Modernity in Fin-de-Siècle Russia --This text refers to the Paperback edition.