Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Fyodor Dostoevsky

The great question posed by Dostoevsky in asking about what human beings owe to one another is how we can be counted on to respect that to which we are not obliged by a truth beyond our own contriving. That is the context in which the proposition is entertained that, if there is no God, all things are permitted. --Richard John Neuhaus, Dostoevsky’s Question, The Public Square column, First Things, December 2008

Solzhenitsyn uses Christ’s own words to show the “secondary significance” of the state structure: “‘Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s’—not because every Caesar deserves it, but because Caesar’s concern is not with the most important thing in our lives.” --Edward E. Ericson, Jr. and Alexis Klimoff, Literary Profiles of Solzhenitsyn, excerpts from The Soul and Barbed Wire, edited by Edward E. Ericson, Jr. and Alexis Klimoff, First Principles, August 6, 2008


“The line between good and evil is drawn not between nations or parties, but through every human heart.” – Dostoevsky.

That’s the way I had read it years ago and have remembered it ever since – it’s from The Diary of a Writer, a book notable for its foaming rages of Jew-hating as well as for a few jewels in the mud. --Richard Lawrence Cohen, If Dostoevsky Had Google, February 07, 2006 (via Althouse)


Dostoevsky's dowager: Martin Ebel has paid a visit to Svetlana Geier, the Grande Dame of Russian-German translation. Sign and Sight, February 12, 2007

Dostoevsky and the Fiery Word, The Public Square column, by Richard John Neuhaus, First Things, March 2003

Ivan Karamazov’s Mistake, by Ralph C. Wood, First Things, December 2002

Sins of the Fathers, by Thomas G. West, review of Dostoevsky: The Mantle of the Prophet, 1871-1881, by Joseph Frank, Claremont Review of Books, Fall 2002

Wrestling Dostoevsky: A scholar concludes almost 50 years of biographical research with a final volume that reveals the novelist's dark side, review by Scott McLemee, Chronicle of Higher Education, May 17, 2002

Dostoevsky Also Nods, by Rodney Delasanta, First Things, January 2002

Dostoevsky and the Mystery of Russia, by David Allen White, Latin Mass, Fall 2001

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