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The Grand Inquisitor: with related chapters from The Brothers Karamazov (Hackett Classics)

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This collection gives us a sense of the depth of Dostoevsky's insights into human life and suffering and of his profound understanding of the tensions and dangers of modernity. Guignon's Introduction is a brilliant study that shows how profoundly the 'legend of the Grand Inquisitor' speaks to our day. --Charles Taylor, McGill University

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Guignon's Introduction is by far the best available to these texts, and is, for its clarity and depth, one of the finest Introductions to complex literary or philosophical material that I've ever read. --Stephen L. Collins, Babson College

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This text worked beautifully in my Intro to the Western Humanities course. I especially appreciated Guignon's insightful Introduction, the selection of chapters, the clear layout. --Dan Spencer, University of Montana

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Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hackett Classics
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. (October 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872201937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872201934
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a collection of select chapters from "The Brothers Karamazov."
There is a lengthy introduction that explains in detail the author's philosophy and how it is revealed in each of the four chapters presented here.
"The Brothers Make Friends" is simply here to introduce the two brothers Ivan and Alyosha. Ivan is the Europeanized lover of science, and Alyosha is the young Romantic. Dostoevsky uses his characters as representatives of different worldviews, and develops action in such a way to show how each worldview could be flawed.
In "Rebellion," Ivan's character is developed as he reveals his disdain at the suffering of children and how cruel it seems since they are without sin. Ivan says that he realizes there is suffering and that no one is responsible. This shocks him because he values order, and yet there seems to be no justice in the world.
In "The Grand Inquisitor" chapter, Ivan tells a fable based in the Spanish Inquisition in which the Catholic Inquistor judges Christ, who has returned. He condemns Christ to death saying he valued freedom of faith over mankind's happiness (in ignorance of freedom).
This small book concludes with the incredible story of Father Zossima. In the "Russian Monk," Dostoevsky explains the old Russian, holistic vision of sobornost (love of the entire world and one's taking responsibilty for the sins of all). In this worldview, if all choose to follow it, all will serve all and the world will be a paradise.
Dostoevsky's storytelling is very emotional, and not so much picturesque. But there is so much impact in his words and message! This book is one of my all-time favorites, and I cannot wait to read "The Brothers Karamazov" in its entirity. This, probably, could also serve as a great introduction to Dostoevsky.
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Guignon's essay is borne out of and reflects such a genuine enthusiasm that it's ultimately worthwhile to read it just for fun even if you happen to disagree with his interpretation of the fable. It certainly provoked me into returning to and re-reading Dostoevsky's tale.
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Dostoyevski does it again. Fortunately, in this brief book (as compared to much of his popular writing), he explores the inquisition and the racial / ethnic / religious factors therein. I can't comment on the accuracy of the translation in any way, other than I found this to be an immensely pleasurable and fascinating read! I highly recommend it! A.
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By Don on September 8, 2012
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By reading this small book one is exposed to the most grand panoramic view of human nature and human foibles. I was particularly awakened to perverted attempts and distorted motivations for being as saintly as one can be. This little book is, in my judgement, a powerful and highly informative insight into human nature.
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To reread Fyodor Dostoevsky's story "The Grand Inquisitor and related chapters from The Brothers Karamazov" more than justifies buying this book. Charles B. Guignon's Introduction prepares the reader to an intellectual symposium comparable only to the one described by Plato in his friend Agathon's house over 2400 years ago. Constance Garnett's 1912 translation of The Brothers Karamazov "has become a classic in its own right:" the minor alterations Guignon made to the text bring it up-to-date. Gonzalo T. Palacios, Ph.D. author The Virgin Mary's Revolution (amazon.com).
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The Dostoyevsky chapter entitled "The Grand Inquisitor" is sheer brilliance!! Sometimes there is a chapter of a book that is an epigram for the author's life and work. This chapter is that epigram. And even for those who are not interested in swimming in the ocean of Dostoyevsky, this chapter is a must! I am glad for this edition that hones in on this one chapter.
-Amos Smith (author of Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity's Mystic Roots)
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By Marie on July 7, 2014
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This is okay, but if you are interested in this and want the full experience, then I recommend buying to actual book the Brother Karamazov (which I read before needing this for a class). You will not get the full experience or gain a true understanding of the message if you just read the passages here. The full book is wonderful and I would recommend that over this.
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I thought the Introduction was a bit long, but I am glad I read the whole thing because it was vital to understand the literature. Very concise, very interesting. I love with Dostoevsky. I read Crime and Punishment this semester also for another class so it was really neat to compare the two pieces.
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