Joseph Frank spent roughly 30 years composing a 5-volume biography of Dostoevsky that has been widely considered a masterpiece, winning critical raves as well as awards. Princeton University Press has just published a newly abridged volume, DOSTOEVSKY: A Writer in his Time that has also been reviewed very positively, and at a mere 959 printed pages, is a the perfect stocking stuffer for the person on your list with an impeccable library!
If you don’t want to take my word for it, please read Michael Dirda‘s riveting review of the book in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. Our Australian book-lovers are taking note, as well. See Geordie Williamson‘s thoughtful review in The Australian.