Remembering the End: Dostoevsky as Prophet to Modernity
The Dostoevsky scholar Robert Louis Jackson said, Dostoevsky's becoming is, of course, our own becoming; to know Dostoevsky has been to know our century and ourselves. This volume pursues this statement while elucidating the spiritual realism of Dostoevsky's biblically charged literary art. Dostoevsky was one of those writers of the 19th century who came to be regarded by many readers in the following century as a prophet. How does he remain prophetic for us now, in the early 21st century? This text explores and assesses Dostoevsky's critique of modernity, with particular focus on the Grand Inquisitor (in The Brothers Karamazov), where his prophetic vision finds its most intense expression. The authors write to elucidate the spiritual realism of Dostoevsky's biblically charged literary art, and to show how it can help us to remember who we are in this modern/postmodern moment in which individuals and members of communities are required to make critical choices about the meaning of justice, history, truth and happiness.
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Alyosha apocalyptic atheism authority become believe biblical book of Revelation Brothers Karamazov chapter Christian Church confession conscience consciousness death desire devil discernment divine Dmitri Dosto Dostoevsky's art Dostoevsky's prophetic earth earthly egoism elder Zosima embodied eternal evil evsky's expressed faith father final forgiveness freedom Friedrich Nietzsche Fyodor Dostoevsky God's Grand Inquisitor happiness harmony heart heaven heavenly hermeneutics holy Ibid idea of immortality ideal Ilyusha interpretation Ivan Ivan's Jesus John the Merciful justice Kierkegaard Kolya Larissa Volokhonsky liberal living love of humanity mankind meaning miracle Mitya Miusov modern monk moral mystery Nietzsche Nietzsche's novel obedience Paissy parody poem poetic political possible precisely progressivism question quisitor reader rebellion rejected religious Renan response retributive retributive justice Richard Pevear Russian secular Smerdyakov social soul speech spiritual causality suffering theology tion torment trans truth understand University Press vision Walter Kaufmann whole words Writer's Diary Zosima