This book is a collection of essays that have been printed in magazines and presented at lectures the first part of the book talks about tolstoy s anna karenina , joyce s ulysses , flaubert s madame bovary , mann s the magic mountain , and mann s doctor faustus the second part deals solely with dostoevsky s. Buy tolstoy or dostoevsky: an essay in the old criticism, second edition 2nd ed by george steiner (isbn: 9780300069174) from amazon's book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. How the race to translate tolstoy and dostoyevsky continues to spark feuds, end friendships, and create small fortunes among the most astringent and authoritative critics of garnett were russian exiles, especially vladimir nabokov and joseph brodsky nabokov, the son of a liberal noble who was. George steiner, tolstoy or dostoevsky: an essay in the old criticism (1959), when it is not being precious, contains many insights into tolstoy both as artist and thinker john bayley, tolstoy and the novel (1966), is a good study of tolstoy's contribution to the genre ralph e matlaw, ed, tolstoy: a collection of critical. Most readers will agree with the assessment of the 19th-century british poet and critic matthew arnold that a novel by tolstoy is not a work of art but a piece of the essays in war and peace, which begin in the second half of the book, satirize all attempts to formulate general laws of history and reject the. Illusion and instrument: problems of mimetic characterization in dostoevsky and tolstoy by chloe susan liebmann kitzinger doctor of philosophy in slavic languages and literatures university of california, berkeley professor irina paperno, chair this dissertation focuses new critical attention on a problem central to.
An essay in the old criticism, second edition george steiner's tolstoy or dostoevsky has become a classic among scholars of russian literature moreover, in this work steiner shows a great depth and breadth of literary knowledge and criticism that is not limited alone to the russian writers under discussion but to. Joseph brodsky sniped that the “reason english-speaking readers can barely tell the difference between tolstoy and dostoevsky is that they aren't russian ( spoken by the old prince bolkonsky) to the gallicized and sentimental russian of the early-nineteenth-century salon and the plain speech of the. A superb new translation of the idiot reveals some unexpected facets of dostoevsky's hero, as byatt finds the novels meet the old tales with part parody, part dialogue, part rejection and reconstruction the second two parts are phantasmagoric and rambling, unplotted and fitfully energetic.
In the morning, as he wandered about the island, he came across an earth hut, and met an old man standing near it presently two others came out, and the first hermit repeated, 'which art in heaven,' but the second blundered over the words, and the tall hermit could not say them properly his hair had grown over his. George steiner published a book back in 1959 called tolstoy or dostoevsky: an essay in the old criticism like all of steiner's books, this first publication of his ranges over a lot of territory and sheds light all around as with most of steiner's books, i had to read only the parts i could understand, skipping.
Still, the 24-year-old fedya d was suddenly feted everywhere as the new literary genius of st petersburg it went to his head and he soon became insufferable, alienating all his new literary friends, who revenged themselves when he published his second novel, the double not merely trashed, the book. Francis george steiner (born april 23, 1929) is an french-born american literary critic, essayist, philosopher, novelist, translator, and educator, who has written 11 tolstoy or dostoevsky (1960) 12 the death of tragedy (1961) 13 language and silence: essays 1958-1966 (1967) 14 extraterritorial (1971) 15 in.
George steiner's tolstoy or dostoevsky has become a classic among scholars of russian literature an essay in poetic and philosophic criticism that bears mainly on the russian masters, tolstoy or dostoevsky deals also with larger themes: the epic tradition extending from homer paperback, second edition, 386 pages. Tolstoy 2 gogol 3 chekhov 4 turgenev dostoevsky is dead last nabokov accuses him of sloppy and melodramatic christianity, reactionary slavophilism ( which nabokov links when, in crime and punishment, raskolnikov kills an old woman for some reason or other, nabokov asks, who cares.