Tolstoy or Dostoevsky by Mr. George Steiner
An Essay in the Old Criticism, Second Edition

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Acclaimed literary critic George Steiner on two of the literary canon’s greatest and most influential writers

“Literary criticism,” writes Steiner, “should arise out of a debt of love.” Abiding by his own rule, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky is an impassioned work, inspired by Steiner’s conviction that the legacies of these two Russian masters loom over Western literature. By explaining how Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky differ from each other, Steiner demonstrates that when taken together, their work offers the most complete portrayal of life and the tension between the thirst for knowledge on one hand and the longing for mystery on the other. An instant classic for scholars of Russian literature and casual readers alike, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky explores two powerful writers and their opposing modes of approaching the world, and the enduring legacies wrought by their works. 

About Mr. George Steiner

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George Steiner was born in 1929 in Paris, but also lived in Vienna and New York. Steiner was a critic, novelist, philosopher, translator, and educator. Currently, he is a professor at Cambridge University and the University of Geneva. He has written for the New Yorker for over thirty years and has published the books No Passion Spent, Errata: An Examined Life, and Martin Heidegger: With a New Introduction.
Published April 16, 2013 by Open Road. 386 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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A young George Steiner fights ambivalence in battle between Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.

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