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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I approached Steiner with the naive expectation that he would provide me with arguments pro and con our respective preferences, maybe helping me understand and appreciate both my tilstoy and Dostoevsky better.

Tolstoy wrote about the experience of living in its all-encompassing detail and sweep, Dostoevsky wrote about the utmost secrets and mysteries of the human mind and soul. In addition to being wonderful literary works, they are also beautiful objects, the kind of book that simply cannot exist in electronic form, and which readers will keep for a lifetime.

Tolstoy or Dostoevsky: An Essay in the Old Criticism

And gives you to choose. It concerns a music professor of European provenance in exile in the Midwest with his daughter, and presumably contains a great deal of Gass’ beautifully figurative and alliterative prose. stenier

It was a star-studded, though brief, affair in the auditorium of a midtown social club. Bill looked out the window, thoughtful.

He didn’t, though I cannot fault his erudition or writing style for that. What better way to follow up this summer’s OccupyGaddis read-along tolsgoy by tackling all three?


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Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Whatever preferences one has about Tolstoy and Dostoevsky the idea of even including Chekhov in that group, let alone preferring him, is ridiculous. With contributions from art teachers, art students, artists, and art professionals, some within the academic community and some without, Draw It With Your Eyes Closed delves into the creative process of artists by focusing on their art school training.

Where they tackled courtship and marriage, respectively, Subtle Bodies focuses on agape love, a. Tolstoy, for the story he told, and Dostoevsky, for the thoughts he provoked. This is my idea of criticism- elegant, erudite, ironic, leaning just this side of lyricism.

Your email address will not be published. So dostoevsyk beautiful horses! Thus, he turns to an older and more holistic critical approach: Sep 09, Tom Walsh rated it really liked it.

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He sees Tolstoy as being in the tradition of Homer, an epic writer preoccupied with reason and fact. There were no dostoevxky television appearances, but through sheer tenacity, Sharyn got me a couple of local cable spots in New Jersey and Connecticut, and I was determined to make her proud.

It consists of two different versions of the story, told by two competing narrators. Explore the Home Gift Guide. For Dostoevsky, reason is always tainted by egotism, and therefore he relies on love to spur moral impulses. My answer, gentlemen and let us not forget you ladies —my answer is that of the greatest teacher I ever had, and the greatest answer he ever gave, when asked on hierarchies of literary greatness: Read the very first line of Anna Karenina, and ponder no longer.


It is, in the end, the mind-bending notion that we could be just like them — that any of us, any ordinary, simple human being, carries around the highest plane and the lowest point of moral capabilities. Whose characters would you rather talk to? Prove doostoevsky you exist, then!

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For Dostoevsky, on the other hand, free will in the face of the divine and of evil is paramount, is the essence of the holy in humanity; though the far less secular and far more dostodvsky of the two, Dostoevsky therefore has the metaphysical outlook more amenable to a free society. I should say truth.

Would be sheer torture. Anna and Vronsky may be the dumbest couple in literature — not a single interesting thought or conversation.

This is a superb book. My friend Julie and I used to play “Tolstoy or Dostoevsky”. Both Dostoevsky and Tolstoy asserted that the essence of life cannot be found by relying on the intellect alone.

The gestation period for Middle C isn’t that long – not quite – but one can be glad that Gass, 87, will finally be publishing it in Each starts from one end of the book, and they meet in the middle.