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» The Day Dostoevsky Stopped Suffering
By the way .. it has nothing to do with today's entry, but today (Feb 9th) is the day that Dostoevsky died (in 1881).
134 years ago.
Like he has boldly gone beyond anything you can possibly imagine. (Because he has.)
Pushkin himself (1799-1837) also died in early February (on the 10th, tomorrow) in St. Petersburg.
Of all the superlatives that I have read about Dostoevsky ..
.. probably the most impressive praise is found on the inside flap of the hardback version of the Brother Karamazov ..
.. words which come from the beginning of a sentence which reads » "Beyond Dostoevsky's towering reputation as one of a handful of thinkers who forged the modern sensibility..."
Think about that. Think about what is required for someone to even make such a statement about you.
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What does that even mean?
Notice, too, how the flap writer almost sets aside this towering reputation as trivial.
"Beyond the obvious, which you are so dazzled by .. I think you're missing the really cool things about his art, about his craft.
For example, he tells a really good story .. that brings you into pretty deep waters rather quickly. So buckle up."
I'm paraphrasing, of course.
The word 'sensibility' is defined » here.
The root of the word 'sensibility' contains the word » sense, which indicated perception and awareness.
So the word sensibility as used here seems to indicate that Dostoevsky » helped forge the way modern people view and perceive their modern world ..
.. which would naturally influence how they respond to it, no?
In the intro by Richard Pervear, translator of fine Russian literature, to Notes from Underground, a different book by Dostoevsky, you find the following statement describing the titular underground man »
Consciousness and awareness (sense) seem to be closely related, no? So maybe this is close to what they had in mind about Dostoevsky helping to "forge the modern sensibility" ..
To render some historical perspective to Alexander I, note that Catherine the Great ruled only 5 years before the beginning of Alexander's rule (in 1801).
The czar who succeeded Alexander » Nicholas I (1825-1855 reign) .. he is the one who sent Dostoevsky to Siberia.
It was Lenin's time, then.
Does not this remarkable longevity .. of Dostoevsky's writings .. his words .. does this not evoke for you a suggestion of divine words?
In a pattern-matching sort of way.
The kind of staying power that spans the centuries.
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