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Dostoevsky and the Affirmation of Life

Author: Predrag Cicovacki
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Dostoevsky's philosophy of life is unfolded in this searching analysis of his five greatest works: Notes from the Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Possessed, and The Brothers Karamazov. Predrag Cicovacki deals with a fundamental issue in Dostoevsky's opus neglected by all of his commentators: How can we affirm life and preserve a healthy optimism in the face of an increasingly troublesome reality?  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Named Person: Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Predrag Cicovacki
ISBN: 9780203792919 0203792912
OCLC Number: 1001859571
Notes: "First published 2012 by Transaction Publishers"--Title page verso.
Description: 1 online resource (366 pages)
Contents: Chapter Prologue --
part Part I Life without Meaning --
chapter Introduction to Part I --
chapter 1 Sorrow and Injustice: A World Delivered to Evil? --
chapter 2 Notes from the Underground: Evil out of Spite? --
chapter 3 Crime and Punishment: Victimizer or Victim? --
chapter 4 The Possessed: Is Nothing Sacred? --
part Part II Recovering Life's Meaning --
chapter Introduction to Part II --
chapter 5 The Idiot: The Meaning of Christ's Sacrifice --
chapter 6 The Brothers Karamazov (I): The Gift of Life --
chapter 7 The Brothers Karamazov (II): Meaningless Suffering --
chapter 8 The Unwritten Novel: A Prodigal Son Returns --
chapter Epilogue --
chapter Acknowledgments.
Responsibility: Predrag Cicovacki.

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"Dostoevsky's philosophy of life is unfolded in this searching analysis of his five greatest works: Notes from the Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Possessed, and The Brothers Karamazov. Predrag Cicovacki deals with a fundamental issue in Dostoevsky's opus neglected by all of his commentators: How can we affirm life and preserve a healthy optimism in the face of an increasingly troublesome reality? This work displays the vital significance of Dostoevsky's philosophy for understanding the human condition in the twenty-first century. The main task of this insightful effort is to reconstruct and examine Dostoevsky's "aesthetically" motivated affirmation of life, based on cycles of transgression and restoration. If life has no meaning, as his central figures claim, it is absurd to affirm life and pointless to live. Since Dostoevsky's doubts concerning the meaning of life resonate so deeply in our own age of pessimism and relativism, the central question of this book, whether Dostoevsky can overcome the skepticism of his most brilliant creation, is innately relevant. This volume includes a thorough literary analysis of Dostoevsky's texts, yet even those who have not read all of these novels will find Cicovacki's analysis interesting and enthralling. The reader will easily extrapolate Cicovacki's own philosophical interpretation of Dostoevsky's literary heritage."--Provided by publisher.

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