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Follow-up discussion of The Brother's Karamazov

  • Oct 29, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Everyone (who has read most of the book) is invited to a discussion of The Brothers Karamazov tomorrow at 7 PM at La Madeleine, Bethesda. Professor Olga Meerson of Georgetown University will join us. She is a specialist on Dostoevsky and will answer our questions and hopefully enlighten us vis-a-vis the questions that arose during our first discussion:

Why the anti-rational, anti-Western bias of Dostoevsky? To be moral, must one have a belief in immortality? Differences between the Church in the Western tradition and the Church in the Eastern tradition. Dostoevsky's life experiences and the writing of this novel. 

Prof. Meerson also gives us a clue:

"Here is something important to bear in mind-- what character is constantly suppressed, while being a central factor in all the plot turns, and why is s/he suppressed? This central structural device has a bearing on everything your group wanted to clarify."

Please come!

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  • Erica L.

    For those still interested--a link to a presentation by Prof. Meerson on the subject:
    http://www.crossroadsculturalcenter.org/storage/transcripts/2009-10-16-Dostoevsky.pdf

    October 31, 2013

  • Tania

    Thank you very much, Tamara, for the wonderful experience of being exposed to really great analysis and brilliant interpretation. I agree, it was an honor. Please thank Professor Meerson on our behalf.

    October 30, 2013

  • Alice S.

    Deep reading for structure and meaning is so satisfying. I loved Professor Meerson's vitality and enthusiam in providing this to us. Thank you.

    October 30, 2013

  • R. Shoshana N. M.

    I did not attend so I cannot rate anything.

    October 30, 2013

  • Erica L.

    Wonderful. A rare opportunity. I felt privileged to be part of it and can't praise Professor Meerson enough. Thank you, Tamara and thank you, group!

    October 29, 2013

  • bonnie n.

    Splendid close text analysis, and I was spellbound. It was a treat and an honor to be part of the discussion. Thank you to everyone involved and to Tamara for making it happen!

    October 29, 2013

  • Anna M

    Great discussion. Close reading of the text + philosophical debate, can't beat that! Professor Meerson's insights were eye-opening as usual :)

    October 29, 2013

  • Tamara

    Everyone (who has read most of the book) is invited to a discussion of The Brothers Karamazov tomorrow at 7 PM at La Madeleine, Bethesda. Professor Olga Meerson of Georgetown University will join us. She is a specialist on Dostoevsky and will answer our questions and hopefully enlighten us vis-a-vis the questions that arose during our first discussion (see Bonnie's reiteration of some of those questions below). Prof. Meerson also gives us a clue:
    "Here is something important to bear in mind-- what character is constantly suppressed, while being a central factor in all the plot turns, and why is s/he suppressed? This central structural device has a bearing on everything your group wanted to clarify."
    Please come!

    October 28, 2013

  • R. Shoshana N. M.

    Hi again, just fyi and so not to confuse people, where I say Book, I mean Nook.

    October 23, 2013

    • Tania

      It is about 900 pages. May not be possible to read so quickly. Perhaps you can plan to attend to listen or plan on reading the next selection, which will be announced soon.

      October 23, 2013

  • R. Shoshana N. M.

    Fall weather greetings! I look forward to attending. However, I do need to read the book! Of course I've heard of it and plan to get a copy soon. I've misplaced my book but have an IPhone. Can I download. It on an iPhone ? See you next Tursday hopefully. Shoshana

    October 23, 2013

  • Anna M

    I love Professor Meerson :) Will try to be there! Thanks!

    October 2, 2013

  • bonnie n.

    I'm so glad that you have helped arrange for this follow-up discussion, Tamara! This calls for a deep reading. Excellent preliminary question! During our previous meeting we did discuss these questions....Why the anti-rational, anti-Western bias of Dostoevsky? To be moral, must one have a belief in immortality? Differences between the Church in the Western tradition and the Church in the Eastern tradition. Dostoevsky's life experiences and the writing of this novel.

    October 2, 2013

  • Tamara

    Yes, it's the professor from Georgetown, Olga Meerson. I hope you will attend! Here is a discussion question she just sent:
    A preliminary question for the discussion:
    Here is something important to bear in mind-- what character is constantly suppressed, while being a central factor in all the plot turns, and why is s/he suppressed? This central structural device has a bearing on everything your group wanted to clarify.

    1 · October 2, 2013

  • Anna M

    May I ask the name of the professor? I wonder if it's the Dostoyevsky specialist from Georgetown.

    October 1, 2013

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