Dostoyevsky Reads Hegel in Siberia and Bursts Into Tears

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5.3 X 7.9 X 1.2 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

László F. Földényi 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.


"It is precisely Földényi'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

"A collection of essays on why contemporary culture would do well to embrace transcendence . . . Perceptive meditations on humanity's need for spiritual nourishment."--Kirkus Reviews

"A collection of thirteen essays that testify to Földényi's erudition and masterful grasp of two millennia of European intellectual history . . . Intimate . . . Approachable . . . Easily accessible to scholars and casual readers alike."--Barbara Halla, Asymptote

"Beneath the surface it is single-minded in its pursuit of a certain category of insight . . . Perhaps [this] essay collection is arriving in our language at just the right time."--Robert Minto, On the Seawall

"Földényi has a knack for sustaining readers' interest through the musicality of his prose and the variety of his references."--John Toren, Rain Taxi

"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 Földenyi has written about this in such a way that you can feel the sacred shudder with him."--Cees Nooteboom