♥ Book Title : A Curse on Dostoevsky
☯ Full Synopsis : "Reading Dostoevsky in Afghanistan becomes “crime without punishment” Rassoul remembers reading Crime and Punishment as a student of Russian literature in Leningrad, so when, with axe in hand, he kills the wealthy old lady who prostitutes his beloved Sophia, he thinks twice before taking her money or killing the woman whose voice he hears from another room. He wishes only to expiate his crime and be rightfully punished. Out of principle, he gives himself up to the police. But his country, after years of civil war, has fallen into chaos. In Kabul there is only violence, absurdity, and deafness, and Rassoul’s desperate attempt to be heard turns into a farce. This is a novel that not only flirts with literature but also ponders the roles of sin, guilt, and redemption in the Muslim world. At once a nostalgic ode to the magic of Persian tales and a satire on the dire reality of now, A Curse on Dostoevsky also portrays the resilience and wit of Afghani women, an aspect of his culture that Rahimi never forgets."Article| Atiq Rahimi| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Three by Atiq Rahimi
☯ Full Synopsis : "Three short novels—including Prix Goncourt–winning The Patience Stone —that convey years of Afghan history, heartache, and hope. Never before in paperback. Atiq Rahimi’s reputation for writing war stories of immense drama and intimacy began with his first novel, Earth and Ashes, about fathers and sons and the terrible strain inflicted on families, when an Afghan village is destroyed by the Russian army. A Thousand Rooms of Dream and Fear takes place in 1979, during a period of social and political upheaval in Kabul. On the way home from a night of drinking, a university student named Farhad is arrested and brutally beaten. A few hours later, broken and confused, he slowly regains consciousness, only to find himself in the care of a beautiful woman who has dragged him into her home to protect him. Winner of the Prix Goncourt, The Patience Stone is the tale of a woman caring for her brain-damaged husband, who was shot in the neck during a petty conflict. After years of living in a society of Islamic fundamentalism, she finds herself strangely liberated by her husband’s condition. She tells him her innermost thoughts and secrets, many of them dark and deeply repressed, never knowing whether he’s able to hear her or not."Article| Atiq Rahimi| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Dostoevsky
☯ Full Synopsis : "Dostoevsky's writings are criticized individually and in relation to one another against the background of his life and thought"Article| Konstantin Mochulsky| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Kaleidoscope: F.M. Dostoevsky and the Early Dialectical Theology
☯ Full Synopsis : "Theological hermeneutics receives a new impulse in this book through critical investigation of F.M. Dostoevsky's personal faith in its correlation both to his literary oeuvre and to its reception by the two main representatives of dialectical theology, K. Barth and E. Thurneysen."Article| Katya Tolstaya| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Kitchen Curse
☯ Full Synopsis : "Nominated for the Man Booker International, Eka Kurniawan brings his short stories into English for the first time Eka Kurniawan's freewheeling imagination explores the turbulent dreams of an ex-prostitute, the hapless life of a perpetual student, victims of an anticommunist genocide, the travails of an elephant, even the vengeful fantasies of a stone. Dark, sexual, scatological, violent, and mordantly funny, these fractured fables span city and country, animal and human, myth and politics. Like nothing else, Kurniawan's stories bury themselves in the mind. His characters and insights are at once hauntingly familiar, peculiar, and twisted."Article| Eka Kurniawan| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Earth and Ashes
☯ Full Synopsis : ""You know, father, sorrow can turn to water and spill from your eyes, or it can sharpen your tongue into a sword, or it can become a time bomb that, one day, will explode and destroy you" Earth and Ashes is the spare, powerful story of an Afghan man, Dastaguir, trying desperately to reach his son Murad, who has left his village to earn a living working at a mine. In the meantime the village has been bombed by the Russian army, and Dastaguir, with his newly-deaf grandson Yassin in tow, must reach Murad to tell him of the carnage. The old man is beset on all sides by sorrow, that of his grandson, who cannot understand, that of his son, who does not yet know, and his own, made even crueler by the message he must deliver. Atiq Rahimi, whose reputation for writing war stories of immense drama and intimacy began with this, his first novel, has managed to condense centuries of Afghan history into a short tale of three very different generations. But he has also created a universal story about fathers and sons, and the terrible strain inflicted on those bonds of family during the unpredictable carnage of war."Article| Atiq Rahimi| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Thousand Rooms Of Dream And Fear
☯ Full Synopsis : "Kabul, 1979. A student wakes in an unfamiliar house, battered and bruised. He gradually recovers his mind to discover that returning from a night out he was brutally attacked by soldiers and left to die. Farhad, the tragic hero of this nightmarish tale, realises that he can now never return home: to do so would be to risk the lives of his family. As he waits for an answer to his plight he learns the tragic story of the woman who has saved him, endangering her own life in the process, and begins to feel an impossible and forbidden love for her - a love that embodies an angry compassion for the suffering of Afghanistan's women, and the yearning for a lost home."Article| Atiq Rahimi| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Notes from the Underground
☯ Full Synopsis : "Notes from the Underground is Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1864 masterpiece following the ranting, slightly unhinged memoir of an isolated, anonymous civil servant. A dramatic monologue in which the narrator leaves himself open to ridicule and reveals more of his weaknesses than he intends, this influential short novel lays the ground work for the political, religious, moral and political ideas that are explored in Dostoevsky's later works."Article| Fyodor Dostoyevsky| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Dostoevsky's Underground Man in Russian Literature
☯ Full Synopsis : "This book analyzes the impact of Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground (1864) and its protagonist, the Underground Man, upon Russian literature. It is concerned with the different ways in which Russian writers responded to Notes from the Underground, with the whole complex of underground psychology, philosophy, and imagery. The basic assumption of this work is that the great impact of Dostoevsky on Russian literature was due not alone to the great power of his art, but to the continuing urgency of the problems he posed in his works. These problems, centering on the relations between the individual and society, have lost none of their relevance today, not only in Russia but also in the West."Article| Robert Louis Jackson| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Studies on Dostoevsky's Notes from the Underground in Russian Literature
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♥ Book Title : Daedalus
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♥ Book Title : Dostoevsky
☯ Full Synopsis : "First published in 1962, the present volume is a collection of critical essays on selected works by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881), the famous 19th century Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Critical evaluation of Fyodor Dostoevsky has been marked by sharp and violently bitter extremes. René Wellek has assembled a wide spectrum of these varied critical attitudes toward the works of the great Russian “tragedian of ideas.” Dostoevsky’s work is seen from psychoanalytical, existential, theological, and Marxist points of view. Professor Wellek’s introduction sketches the history of Dostoevsky criticism and influence in all main countries—a task never before attempted. The essays in this collection are: PHILIP RAHV—Dostoevsky in Crime and Punishment MURRAY KRIEGER—Dostoevsky’s “Idiot”: The Curse of Saintliness IRVING HOWE—Dostoevsky: The Politics of Salvation ELISEO VIVAS—The Two Dimensions of Reality in The Brothers Karamazov D. H. LAWRENCE—Preface to Dostoevsky’s “The Grand Inquisitor” SIGMUND FREUD—Dostoevsky and Parricide GEORG LUKÁCS—Dostoevsky DMITRI CHIZHEVSKY—The Theme of the Double in Dostoevsky V. V. ZENKOVSKY—Dostoevsky’s Religious and Philosophical Views DEREK TRAVERSI—Dostoevsky"Article| René Wellek| Statement ..."