Dostoyevsky’s Critique of the West

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Dostoyevsky’s Critique of the West by Bruce K. Ward Summary

Not much attention has been given to Dostoyevsky's concern with the crisis of the modern West, although allusions to almost every aspect of Western civilization—including the political, economic, and social dimensions—are present in his literary works and abound in his secondary writings. This book points the way to a better understanding of the apparent contradiction between Dostoyevsky's concern with the highest reaches of human spirituality and at the same time with the most detailed developments in domestic and international politics. Ward argues that the apparent polarization of "religious" thought and "political" analysis of the West are held together for Dostoyevsky in his search for the best human order. He demonstrates not only that Dostoyevsky's observations about the West constitute a coherent critique intimately related to the deepest aspects of his though, but also that these can be rendered more systematic and explicit. What results is an incisve account of both the religious and the political thought of Dostoyevsky, which helps clarify what Dostoyevsky, which helps clarify what Dostoyevsky can teach us about the modern situation of the Western world and about the problem of human order in general, for, as the author states, "it was Dostoyevsky's great virtue as a thinker always to see the pressing issues of his particular time and place in the light of the 'everlasting problems.'"

South African Literature Beyond the Cold War

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South African Literature Beyond the Cold War by Monica Popescu Summary

Contemporary South African literature reflects a fascination with Russian and Eastern European stories of revolution and transformation as well as resistance to state oppression. In this groundbreaking book, Monica Popescu studies the formative role played by an imaginary and real Eastern Europe in literature written during and after apartheid. Reading the end of apartheid against the fall of the communist regimes in Eastern Europe, she rethinks the genealogy and aims of postcolonial studies in the context both of the Cold War and of the various forms of colonial domination and resistance in South Africa.

Man Is a Mystery, It Must Be Unraveled

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Man Is a Mystery, It Must Be Unraveled by Bruce Crane Summary

“Let me tell you, dear heart, it can happen that you go through life without knowing under your very nose there is a book in which your life is described in the minutest detail. What you have never even noticed before, you gradually remember, as you start reading such a book, and find out and discover... some books you read and read and you can’t make head or tail of them, however much you try. It is so damn clever that you can’t understand a word of it... But you read a book like that and feel as though you had written it yourself, just as though – how shall I put it? – as though you had taken possession of your own heart – whatever it might be – had turned it inside out for people to see, and described it all in detail – that’s how it is! And how simple it is, good Lord! Why, I could have written it myself! Why, indeed, shouldn’t I have written it myself!” from Poor Folk by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Notes from Underground (The Unabridged Garnett Translation)

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Notes from Underground (The Unabridged Garnett Translation) by Fyodor Dostoevsky Summary

This carefully crafted ebook: “Notes from Underground (The Unabridged Garnett Translation)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. This is the version based on the unabridged Garnett Translation. Notes from Underground is an 1864 novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Notes is considered by many to be the first existentialist novel. It presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator (generally referred to by critics as the Underground Man) who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg. The first part of the story is told in monologue form, or the underground man's diary, and attacks emerging Western philosophy, especially Nikolay Chernyshevsky's What Is to Be Done? The second part of the book is called "Àpropos of the Wet Snow", and describes certain events that, it seems, are destroying and sometimes renewing the underground man, who acts as a first person, unreliable narrator. Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky ( 1821 – 1881) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist and philosopher. Dostoyevsky's literary works explore human psychology in the context of the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th-century Russia. Many literary critics rate him as one of the greatest and most prominent psychologists in world literature.

American Book Publishing Record

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Russian Novelists in the Age of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

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Russian Novelists in the Age of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky by J. Alexander Ogden,Judith E. Kalb Summary

Provides a detailed portrait of the styles, concerns, and historical involvement of the novel in Russia in the second half of the nineteenth century; representing an artistic range from master stylists, to those who were more a part of popular culture and are important as a reflection of the flavor of the era rather than as artistic exemplars.

Teaching the Short Story

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An innovative and practical resource for teachers looking to move beyond English and American works, this book explores 175 highly teachable short stories from nearly 50 countries, highlighting the work of recognized authors from practically every continent, authors such as Chinua Achebe, Anita Desai, Nadine Gordimer, Milan Kundera, Isak Dinesen, Octavio Paz, Jorge Amado, and Yukio Mishima. The stories in the book were selected and annotated by experienced teachers, and include information about the author, a synopsis of the story, and comparisons to frequently anthologized stories and readily available literary and artistic works. Also provided are six practical indexes, including those that help teachers select short stories by title, country of origin, English-language source, comparison by themes, or comparison by literary devices. The final index, the cross-reference index, summarizes all the comparative material cited within the book, with the titles of annotated books appearing in capital letters. (NKA)

Paperbound Books in Print

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Subject Catalog

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Feodor Dostoevsky

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Feodor Dostoevsky by Alba Della Fazia Amoia Summary

A political outcast, a victim of poverty, a compulsive gambler, and an epileptic, Dostoevsky nevertheless produced some of the greatest literary works of all time: Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Notes from Underground, The Gambler, The Brothers Karamazov. This volume, which is for anyone who seeks an acquaintance with this complex genius, surveys the main facts of Dostoevsky's life and his contributions to literature. It offers some of the reasons for his reputation as a creative artist, one who has inspired a biographical and critical literature of immense proportions. Drawing on the latest research on Dostoevsky's life, Alba Amoia begins with a concise biography before examining in succeeding chapters the novels, novellas and long tales, short stories, theater, memoirs, and journalism. A separate chapter at the conclusion significantly looks at the Russian periodicals of Dostoevsky's time. Dostoevsky's teeming works, with their extraordinary insight, speak to us in our own century in ways their author could not have foreseen. During the Bolshevik Revolution, a critic asked, "Is it not strange how Dostoevsky seems to revive every time our way of life dissolves in a fiery ferment?" In the ferment of another revolution, in 1990, a Russian parliamentarian, speaking of the old Soviet dispensation, again poignantly invoked Dostoevsky: In the writer's admonishment that happiness cannot be constructed if its foundation is flawed by the tears of a single child.

Dostoevsky and Christ

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Paperbound Book Guide for Colleges

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THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD

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Memoirs from the House of the Dead

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In this almost documentary account of his own experiences of penal servitude in Serbia, Dostoevsky describes the physical and mental suffering of the convicts, the squalor and the degradation, in relentless detail. The inticate procedure whereby the men strip for the bath without removing their ten-pound leg-fetters is an extraordinary tour de force, compared by Turgenev to passages from Dante's Inferno. Terror and resignation - the rampages of a pyschopath, the brief serence interlude of Christmas Day - are evoked by Dostoevsky, writing several years after his release, with a strikingly uncharacteristic detachment. For this reason, House of the Dead is certainly the least Dostoevskian of his works, yet, paradoxically, it ranks among his great masterpieces.

Notes From Underground

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Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Summary

I am a sick person. I am a spiteful person. An unattractive person, too . . . In the depths of a cellar in St. Petersburg, a civil servant spews forth a passionate and furious note on the ills of society. The underground man's manifesto reveals his erratic, self-contradictory and even sadistic nature. Yet in Dostoyevsky's most radical and disturbing character, there is the uncomfortable flicker of recognition of the human condition. When the narrator ventures above ground, he attends a dinner with a group of old school friends. It is here, paralysed by his own social awkwardness, that he carries out extraordinary acts and cements his status as a true and original outsider.