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Dostoyevsky Reads Hegel in Siberia and Bursts into Tears

Laszlo F. Foldenyi Ottilie Mulzet

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Yale University
23 March 2021
An exemplary collection of work from one of the world's leading scholars of intellectual history
Foeldenyi . . . stage[s] a broad metaphysical melodrama between opposites that he pursues throughout this fierce, provoking collection (expertly translated by Ottilie Mulzet). . . . He proves himself a brilliant interpreter of the dark underside of Enlightenment ambition. -James Wood, New Yorker

Laszlo Foeldenyi's work, in the long tradition of public intellectual and cultural criticism, resonates with the writings of Montaigne, Walter Benjamin, and Thomas Mann. In this new essay collection, Foeldenyi considers the continuing fallout from the collapse of religion, exploring how Enlightenment traditions have not replaced basic elements of previously held religious mythologies-neither their metaphysical completeness nor their comforting purpose. Realizing beautiful writing through empathy, imagination, fascination, and a fierce sense of justice, Foeldenyi covers a wide range of topics including a meditation on the metaphysical unity of a sculpture group and an analysis of fear as a window into our relationship with time.
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Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 127mm,  Spine: 3mm
Weight:   680g
ISBN:   9780300258455
ISBN 10:   0300258453
Series:   World Republic of Letters
Pages:   304
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Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Laszlo F. Foeldenyi is professor and chair in the theory of art at the University of Theatre, Film, and Television, Budapest, and a member of the German Academy. He has written numerous award-winning books and lives in Budapest. Ottilie Mulzet is an award-winning translator and literary critic.

Reviews for Dostoyevsky Reads Hegel in Siberia and Bursts into Tears

It is precisely Foeldenyi's approachable style, as well as Ottilie Mulzet's impeccable translation, that makes this collection easily accessible to scholars and casual readers alike. -Barbara Halla, Asymptote Foldenyi's brilliant essay on Dostoyevsky reading Hegel is an essential meditation on history, civic responsibility and our ongoing responsibility towards others. -Alberto Manguel, author of A History of Reading It is a hallucinatory moment: Dostoyevsky, first condemned to death, then sent as a soldier to the endless emptiness of Siberia, where he reads Hegel's thoughts about the abstract building of History, a building in which neither Siberia nor Africa can have a place, an unsentimental construction made of glass, with its holy ending the Weltgeist, in which all the personal suffering of mankind has disappeared. Laszlo Foeldenyi has written about this in such a way that you can feel the sacred shudder with him. -Cees Nooteboom


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