The Grand Inquisitor

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"This particular visit has, of course, nothing to do with the promised Advent, when, according to the programme, 'after the tribulation of those days,' He will appear 'coming in the clouds of heaven.' For, that 'coming of the Son of Man,' as we are informed, will take place as suddenly 'as the lightning cometh out of the east and shineth even unto the west.' No; this once, He desired to come unknown, and appear among His children, just when the bones of the heretics, sentenced to be burnt alive, had commenced crackling at the flaming stakes. ...
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"This particular visit has, of course, nothing to do with the promised Advent, when, according to the programme, 'after the tribulation of those days,' He will appear 'coming in the clouds of heaven.' For, that 'coming of the Son of Man,' as we are informed, will take place as suddenly 'as the lightning cometh out of the east and shineth even unto the west.' No; this once, He desired to come unknown, and appear among His children, just when the bones of the heretics, sentenced to be burnt alive, had commenced crackling at the flaming stakes. Owing to His limitless mercy, He mixes once more with mortals and in the same form in which He was wont to appear fifteen centuries ago. He descends, just at the very moment when before king, courtiers, knights, cardinals, and the fairest dames of court, before the whole population of Seville, upwards of a hundred wicked heretics are being roasted, in a magnificent auto-da-fe ad majorem Dei gloriam, by the order of the powerful Cardinal Grand Inquisitor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804461252
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/1/1981
  • Series: Milestones Of Thought
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,371,822
  • Product dimensions: 4.77 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский) was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th century novel.

Dostoevsky was the second son of a former army doctor. He was educated at home and at a private school. Shortly after the death of his mother in 1837 he was sent to St. Petersburg, where he entered the Army Engineering College. In 1839 Dostoevsky's father died probably of apoplexy but there were strong rumors that he was murdered by his own serfs. Dostoevsky graduated as a military engineer, but resigned in 1844 to devote himself to writing. His first novel, Poor Folk appeared in 1846.

In 1846 he joined a group of utopian socialists. He was arrested in 1849 and sentenced to death, commuted to imprisonment in Siberia. Dostoevsky spent four years in hard labor and four years as a soldier in Semipalatinsk.

Dostoevsky returned to St. Petersburg in 1854 as a writer with a religious mission and published three works that derive in different ways from his Siberia experiences: The House of the Dead , (1860) a fictional account of prison life, The Insulted and Injured, which reflects the author's refutation of naive Utopianism in the face of evil, and Winter Notes on Summer Impressions, his account of a trip to Western Europe.

In 1857 Dostoevsky married Maria Isaev, a 29-year old widow. He resigned from the army two years later. Between the years 1861 and 1863 he served as editor of the monthly periodical Time, which was later suppressed because of an article on the Polish uprising.

In 1864-65 his wife and brother died and he was burdened with debts, and his situation was made even worse by gambling. From the turmoil of the 1860s emerged Notes from the Underground, a psychological study of an outsider, which marked a watershed in Dostoevsky's artistic development.

In 1867 Dostoevsky married Anna Snitkin, his 22-year old stenographer, who seems to have understood her husband's manias and rages. They traveled abroad and returned in 1871. By the time of The Brothers Karamazov (1879-80), Dostoevsky was recognized in his own country as one of its great writers
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2006

    Brilliant

    For an in depth understanding of the temptations of Christ you can do no better than Anne Freemantle's introduction to 'the Grand Inquisitor.' In plucking this chapter from 'The Brothers ....', Freemantle goes straight to the heart of Christianity and the freedom offered to man by God. What an extraordinary and inciteful booklet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    Serendipity: An Amazingly Accurate Cliche

    I was perusing the shelves of Barnes & Noble this evening and carelessly picked up this book (or a poem in prose as Dostoevsky describes it). I was immediately and intensely moved by its poignancy of topic, depth of thought, unabashed critique of the Church, and scathingly, yet eerily logical, depiction of the depravity of human nature. I have never before written a review and only do so now because I believe that such an incredibly striking text should be read by all who have never before been rendered speechless (as I have not before now) by a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 1999

    The inquisitor

    This is VERY hard to follow. Don't expect to get through this in one sitting. It takes at least 2 reads to understand the implications of what is being said, but if you can understand the meaning of it, then you are in for a Grand Enlightenment.

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