George Steiner. TOLSTOY OR DOSTOEVSKY. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, First published in by Alfred Knopf. Reviewed by Edward. Criticism” [a retrospective essay on George Steiner’s Tolstoy or Dostoevsky ( )], in George Steiner wrote his major contribution to Russian literary studies. Tolstoy or Dostoevsky: An Essay in the Old Criticism by George Steiner My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a superb book. It abounds in.

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Tolstoy or Dostoevsky, But Not Both – The Scriptorium Daily

Men in Dark Times. Then I said it was a whole lot. Dostoevsky concentrates more on evil; for this reason his writings anticipate the horrors of the twentieth and the nascent twenty-first centuries.

Dostoevsky also portrays pure goodness. Email required Address never made public.

Tolstoy or Dostoevsky? 8 Experts on Who’s Greater

Please try again later. Pages with related products. His newest, Toltsoy Toothlooks to split the difference with its campus setting and cloak-and-dagger set-up: He sees Tolstoy as being in the tradition of Homer, an epic writer preoccupied with reason and fact. Quotes from Tolstoy or Dostoe Learn how your comment data is processed.

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Then I went out and walked around, trying to volunteer for something like everyone else. Having a girlfriend devoted to Russian literature I endeavored to read everything by Dostoevsky and Tolstoy.

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With Dostoevsky you face the Spirit. The novel describes a week in the lives of three siblings who visit their grandmother in the fictional village-turned-spa town of Cennethisar on the outskirts of Istanbul. Maugham, a bridging figure between 19th Century realism and 20th modernism, had a shrewd understanding of how literature works dostoesvky good novels are constructed — and an ability to explain it.

Have You Seen Marie? The Bush son had won the national election by a vote of But Dostoievsky is the greater thinker xostoevsky the two, his awareness of things is more extensive, and he knows the eternal human contradiction which makes it necessary to take one step back for every two forward, while Tolstoy went straight on without turning his head.

Beyond Good and Evil.

But here is a great problem: Tolstoy gave an extremely ambiguous explanation of why one should live. Twice two is four, but twice two is five is a charming little thing too. Since either of them can stir up my blood I have to say that the greatest of the two is whoever I am reading at the time. Dostoyevsky, of course, had a life very different from Tolstoy. His protagonists vacillate between good and evil; this makes the future of any one of them, even the most virtuous, unpredictable.

Getting there is most of the fun. No one wrote like Kevin Tolstoy. Yale University Press; tolstooy edition October 30, Language: I think the juxtaposition is a fine one- Tolstoy and Dostoevsky have quite a bit in common on thier own merits tormented existential doubts, political obsessions, large canvases, epiphanies, a tendency to didacticism and allegory, “Russian-ness” but the really interesting part is not so much where they differ but where they sort of sostoevsky with each other: It not only enhanced greatly my understanding of both Russian authors, it also offered much of value concerning the more general intellectual history of Western literature.


From Hellenism to Celan. Over the past eighteen months, making good toostoy of my retired status, I read the major works costoevsky Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. Probably more significant for serious Vonnegut readers will be the publication, three weeks later, of his letters. Published October 30th by Yale University Press first published When Tolstoy learned about that, he grieved deeply.

It’s not a spoiler, don’t worry, since the basic premise of the book is as easily found on the back cover as it would be pretty much anywhere else in the body of the text.

An essay in poetic and philosophic criticism that bears mainly on the Russian masters, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky deals also with larger themes:

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