Between Religion and Rationality: Essays in Russian Literature and Culture

Between Religion and Rationality: Essays in Russian Literature and Culture

Joseph Frank


In this booklet, acclaimed Dostoevsky biographer Joseph Frank explores the most vital points of 19th and 20th century Russian tradition, literature, and historical past. Delving into the differences of the Russian novel in addition to the conflicts among the non secular peasant global and the knowledgeable Russian elite, Between faith and Rationality monitors the cogent reflections of 1 of the main exclusive and flexible critics within the field.

Frank's essays supply a discriminating examine 4 of Dostoevsky's most renowned novels, talk about the controversy among J. M. Coetzee and Mario Vargas Llosa at the factor of Dostoevsky and evil, and confront Dostoevsky's anti-Semitism. the gathering additionally examines such issues as Orlando Figes's sweeping survey of the background of Russian tradition, the lifetime of Pushkin, and Oblomov's impression on Samuel Beckett. Investigating the omnipresent non secular topic that runs all through Russian tradition, even within the antireligious Chekhov, Frank argues that no different significant ecu literature was once as a lot preoccupied because the Russian with the tensions among faith and rationality. Between faith and Rationality highlights this distinctive caliber of Russian literature and tradition, supplying insights for normal readers and specialists alike.

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