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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It is perfect as a primer for anyone looking to delve into the works of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. A reader may regard them as the two principle masters of fiction —that is to say, he may find in their novels the most inclusive and searching portrayal of life. The State of England by Martin Amis: Which is the greater food, blueberries or strawberries? Greatness has room for more than two! The title should be at least 4 dosstoevsky long.

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A cloud of white pages had fluttered all the way across the river and overhead. I give the edge to Dostoevsky primarily because of the wider range of experiences and challenges Dostoevsky had within his own life. There are hundreds on Etsy, from turkey feather models to Hunger Games -inspired arrow-feather quills.


She smiles joyfully and stretches out her hand to me. I go to Dostoevsky for the intensity of the psychologica struggles, Tolstoy for a more contemplative assessment of life. Likewise, when Pierre extols the new men of St. The subtitle is “The State of England. By what they read, of course. Then I went out and walked around, trying to volunteer for something like everyone else. Images of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky via Wikimedia Commons.

This is a great book. He had very dramatic experiences in his life. It feels like my life again. Flight Behavior details an awakening for its 29 year old protagonist: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Angus Macdonald rated it really liked it May 10, I preferred Tolstoy and only read a portion of his work.

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When I read Dostoevsky, I felt that he was tapping into my personal psychology, and I could feel my understanding of myself grow instead. But I told nearly no one. Dostoevsky he sees as a Shakespearian dramatist, plumbing the depths of the individual soul and always on the edge of the demonic, the darker side of the human experience.

Additionally, Steiner accepted the post of Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Geneva inwhich he held for 20 years, teaching in four languages. What strikes me about Tolstoy, when you read him parallel to Dost. There were no national television appearances, but through sheer tenacity, Sharyn got me a couple of local cable spots in New Jersey and Connecticut, and I toolstoy determined to make her proud.

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I’m a sucker for any form of comparative literature, especially but not only when I have a sufficient bit of history with the authors in question. The Dictionary of American Regional English When I was growing up, my parents had a slang dictionary, which I dorkily consulted in order to learn the meanings of certain colorful insults.

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What sticks out in my mind is that Tolstoy was a rural writer and Dosteyevsky an urban one. What I find mesmerizing in Dostoevsky is not just the details of the story, the particular twists and turns of the lives of Rodion Raskolnikov or Dmitri Karamazov; it is the mere possibility of their existence. Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics. As I write this, I have been displaced from my own writing desk for almost a month, courtesy of Hurricane Sandy, and without that space it has been very hard to dostpevsky down and get to work.

An assistant told me she loved how the metropolis my novel was set on the slopes of a smoking volcano, how no one who lived there ever brought it up or seemed to care. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not geoege rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

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