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05 March 2007 @ 03:21 pm
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky  
"...Well, I submit that my readers will be mistaken, and that my conviction has nothing whatever to do with the fact that I am under sentence of death. Ask them, just ask them what they all - every one of them - understand by happiness. Oh, you may be sure that Columbus was happy not when he had discovered America but when he was discovering it; you may be sure that the highest moment of his happiness was, perhaps, exactly three days before his discovery of the New World, when, in despair, his mutinous crew all but turned their ship round and sailed back to Europe - sailed back! It was not the New World that was important - it might never have existed for all that it mattered. Columbus died without having really seen it and, as a matter of fact, without knowing that he had discovered it. It is life, life that matters, life alone - the continuous and everlasting process of discovering it - and not the discovery itself!..."
waxchrist on March 6th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
i really wish doestoyevsky had finished the brothers karamozov trilogy.
Candy Canemylittlepwnie on March 8th, 2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
I haven't read it yet... was supposed to be a trilogy?
waxchrist on March 8th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
yeah. the one that was finished is probably my favourite book.
regiomontanus on March 8th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
i loved crime and punishment. i was bored by notes from underground. clearly i have more FD to read.
Candy Canemylittlepwnie on March 8th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
yes, you do!
bored? really? I would have read it in one sitting if I had the time.
regiomontanus on March 8th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: yes, you do!
i think my problem was more that i read it in a class taught by richard pevear who is probably able to kill the goodness out of any piece of russian literature by droning on with pointless anectdotes... i just don't like the second half for some reason. it's been ages since i've read any other stuff by him, and I really ought to.