By George Steiner
“Literary criticism,” writes Steiner, “should come up out of a debt of love.” Abiding by means of his personal rule, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky is an impassioned paintings, encouraged by means of Steiner’s conviction that the legacies of those Russian masters loom over Western literature. via explaining how Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky fluctuate from one another, Steiner demonstrates that after taken jointly, their paintings deals the main whole portrayal of lifestyles and the strain among the thirst for wisdom on one hand and the eager for secret at the different. An fast vintage for students of Russian literature and informal readers alike, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky explores strong writers and their opposing modes of coming near near the realm, and the iconic legacies wrought through their works.
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707–9 (gathering not for battle but for mourning). 24. Il. 1–3; Od. 17–19. 25. Il. 4. 26. See also my chapter 1, 14–17, and Fenik (1968, 79–80). 14, which is functionally similar to the general descriptions in the Iliad. 27. We must be careful not to assume that every description of this sort presupposes a viewpoint from one hovering above the scene. Nestor at one point stands outside his hut to see what the clamor signiﬁes: ... at once he looked on a disgraceful action, some being routed, others rushing behind them, mighty-hearted Trojans, and the wall of the Achaians was thrown down.
46. It is not, by the way, entirely true that “everything which is recounted occurs” in the Odyssey, since Teiresias’s prophecy extends beyond the scope of the poem to the time of Odysseus’s death. This exception reinforces Todorov’s point about no surprises—not even the events after the narrative ends are left open for speculation. 38 Scott Richardson 47. Bergren (1983) shows that Odysseus skillfully uses prolepses in the Apologue in the same manner as the main narrator in the Odyssey. 48. See chapter 1, 34.
17–19. 25. Il. 4. 26. See also my chapter 1, 14–17, and Fenik (1968, 79–80). 14, which is functionally similar to the general descriptions in the Iliad. 27. We must be careful not to assume that every description of this sort presupposes a viewpoint from one hovering above the scene. Nestor at one point stands outside his hut to see what the clamor signiﬁes: ... at once he looked on a disgraceful action, some being routed, others rushing behind them, mighty-hearted Trojans, and the wall of the Achaians was thrown down.
Tolstoy or Dostoevsky: An Essay in the Old Criticism by George Steiner