In this book, acclaimed Dostoevsky biographer Joseph Frank explores some of the most important aspects of nineteenth and twentieth century Russian culture, literature, and history. Delving into the distinctions of the Russian novel as well as the conflicts between the religious peasant world and the educated Russian elite, Between Religion and Rationality displays the cogent reflections of one of the most distinguished and versatile critics in the field.
Frank's essays provide a discriminating look at four of Dostoevsky's most famous novels, discuss the debate between J. M. Coetzee and Mario Vargas Llosa on the issue of Dostoevsky and evil, and confront Dostoevsky's anti-Semitism. The collection also examines such topics as Orlando Figes's sweeping survey of the history of Russian culture, the life of Pushkin, and Oblomov's influence on Samuel Beckett. Investigating the omnipresent religious theme that runs throughout Russian culture, even in the antireligious Chekhov, Frank argues that no other major European literature was as much preoccupied as the Russian with the tensions between religion and rationality. Between Religion and Rationality highlights this unique quality of Russian literature and culture, offering insights for general readers and experts alike.
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About the Author
Joseph Frank is professor emeritus of Slavic and comparative literature at Stanford and Princeton. The five volumes of his Dostoevsky biography, published between 1976 and 2002, won a National Book Critics Circle Award, a Los Angeles Times book prize, two James Russell Lowell Prizes, two Christian Gauss Awards, and other honors. In 2008, the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies awarded Frank its highest honor.
Table of Contents
Part I Classics
1 Pour Folk and House of the Dead 9
2 The Idiot 29
3 Demons 46
4 War and Peace 64
Part II The Russian Tradition
5 Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia 87
6 A Life of Pushkin 107
7 Oblomov and Goncharov 118
8 On Psychological Prose Lydia Ginzburg 129
9 Russian Conservatism and Its Critics Richard Pipes 143
Part III The Dostoevskian Orbit
10 Dostoevsky and Anti-Semitism 159
11 In Search of Dostoevsky 173
12 Arkady Kovner 185
13 The Master of Petersburg J. M. Coetzee 196
14 Dostoevsky and Evil 204
Part IV Twentieth-Century Issues
15 Anton Chekhov 219
16 The Triumph of Abram Tertz 230
17 D. S. Mirsky 249
18 Vladimir Nabokov: Lectures on Literature 261
What People are Saying About This
This is a wonderful and illuminating collection written for general readers. Yet any Russian specialist can also benefit from Frank's interpretations, which bear the stamp of his powerful and distinctive mind. This thought-provoking book is difficult to put down and the coda on Nabokov's lectures is a delight.
Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University