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By Joseph Frank

During this e-book, acclaimed Dostoevsky biographer Joseph Frank explores the most very important features of 19th and 20th century Russian tradition, literature, and historical past. Delving into the differences of the Russian novel in addition to the conflicts among the non secular peasant international and the proficient Russian elite, "Between faith and Rationality" screens the cogent reflections of 1 of the main distinct and flexible critics within the field.

Frank's essays supply a discriminating examine 4 of Dostoevsky's most famed novels, talk about the talk among J. M. Coetzee and Mario Vargas Llosa at the factor of Dostoevsky and evil, and confront Dostoevsky's anti-Semitism. the gathering additionally examines such subject matters as Orlando Figes's sweeping survey of the heritage of Russian tradition, the lifetime of Pushkin, and "Oblomov's" impact on Samuel Beckett. Investigating the omnipresent spiritual subject matter that runs all through Russian tradition, even within the antireligious Chekhov, Frank argues that no different significant eu literature used to be as a lot preoccupied because the Russian with the tensions among faith and rationality. "Between faith and Rationality" highlights this exact caliber of Russian literature and tradition, delivering insights for basic readers and specialists alike.

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With intro. by Edward Wasiolek (Chicago, 1967), 7–8. I have utilized this translation for my further quotations from the notebooks. 8 PSS, 9:141. , 142. ”10 It is as if Dostoevsky were on the point here of fusing the two, with the idiot taking on some of the attributes of the son; but the connection will not be made until much later. Nonetheless, it is striking that on the margin of this page Dostoevsky scribbles the following sentence, repeated almost verbatim in the novel: “The one thing in the world is spontaneous compassion.

Katherine Strelsky, ed. with intro. by Edward Wasiolek (Chicago, 1967), 7–8. I have utilized this translation for my further quotations from the notebooks. 8 PSS, 9:141. , 142. ”10 It is as if Dostoevsky were on the point here of fusing the two, with the idiot taking on some of the attributes of the son; but the connection will not be made until much later. Nonetheless, it is striking that on the margin of this page Dostoevsky scribbles the following sentence, repeated almost verbatim in the novel: “The one thing in the world is spontaneous compassion.

The love theme of the book comes to a crisis in the climactic scene where the two women confront each other as rivals and demand that the prince choose between them. It is then that Myshkin must decide between his love-as-compassion for Nastasya and his flesh-and-blood love for Aglaia. Nastasya’s suffering, her “frenzied and despairing face,” initially stirs his heart; he even appeals to Aglaia on her behalf; but this is enough to end his romance with her once and for all. The purest earthly love cannot be reconciled with the universal compassion embodied in the Christian ideal, and the prince is caught in the racking impasse created by this situation.

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