Category Archives: Russian literature

Resurrection of the larch

A profound meditation by a great Russian writer and Gulag survivor, Varlam Shalamov, can be read here.  Sarah J. Young translated it, and her comments can be read here.

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Five humanities programs, including Russian, poleaxed at SUNY Albany

The State University of New York at Albany recently announced that it is suspending its programs in French, Italian, Russian, classics and theater.  The departments will not disappear entirely (at least not right away), but students will no longer be … Continue reading

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The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science

The subject line for this entry is the title of a book by Peter Harrison (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).  In this book and in two earlier books, The Bible, Protestantism, and the Rise of Natural Science (1998) and ‘Religion’ … Continue reading

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Dostoevsky, on the Fall: a literary interpretation

Robin Feuer Miller is Edytha Macy Gross Professor of Humanities at Brandeis University and teaches Russian and European literature of the nineteenth century.  She is a second-generation scholar of Russian literature who specializes in Dostoevsky (her mother, Kathryn B. Feuer, … Continue reading

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Dostoevsky, on the Fall: the story ends; Shestov’s interpretation of it

The point in the text where we left off in the last entry isn’t the end of Dostoevsky’s story.  In the morning, the ridiculous man awakes from his “dream” a changed man.  The sight of the revolver he had wanted … Continue reading

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Dostoevsky, on the Fall: “I . . . corrupted them all!”

[From Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man,” The Eternal Husband and Other Stories (New York: Bantam Books, 1997), translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, continuing on p. 295, with section V . . .] V Yes, yes, … Continue reading

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Dostoevsky, on the Fall: “The people of that happy earth”

[From Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man,” The Eternal Husband and Other Stories (New York: Bantam Books, 1997), translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, starting on p. 289, near the end of section III . . .] … Continue reading

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