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Dostoyevsky – “Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays” – David Foster Wallace

July 14th, 2011 · No Comments · Culture, Humanism, Literature, Philosophy, Russian, Writing

(Dostoyevsky) wrote fiction about identity, moral value, death, will, sexual vs. spiritual love, greed, freedom, obsession, reason, faith, suicide. And he did it without ever reducing his characters to mouthpieces or his books to tracts. His concern was always what it is to be a human being—that is, how to be an actual person, someone whose life is informed by values and principles, instead of just an especially shrewd kind of self-preserving animal.

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