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."