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  • ISBN: 9780300069174
  • ISBN10: 0300069170

Tolstoy or Dostoevsky An Essay in the Old Criticism

by George Steiner

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 2
  • Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
  • Publish date: 12/01/1996
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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 master, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky deals also with larger themes: the epic tradition extending from Homer to Tolstoy; the continuity of a "tragic world view" from Oedipus Rex to King Lear and The Brothers Karamazov; the contrasts between the epic and dramatic modes, between irreconcilably opposed views of God and of history.
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