Works incorporated in the analysis include A Gentle Creature, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Devils and The Brothers Karamazov.
Dr Katalin Gaal was born in Budapest, Hungary and moved to Australia at the age of 12. From a young age she has had a love of reading and books.
She completed her Honours thesis on Henry Lawson entitled The loneliness of the bush: an aesthetic textual study of selected short stories by Henry Lawson in 1997 . She went on to complete her PhD in 2013 at the University of Queensland focusing on an exploration of Dostoevsky's post-Siberian fiction and the role of iconic beauty in selected works. She is also an accredited professional translator between Hungarian and English.
The main task of this insightful effort is to reconstruct and examine Dostoevsky's "aesthetically" motivated affirmation of life, based on cycles of transgression and restoration. If life has no meaning, as his central figures claim, it is absurd to affirm life and pointless to live. Since Dostoevsky's doubts concerning the meaning of life resonate so deeply in our own age of pessimism and relativism, the central question of this book, whether Dostoevsky can overcome the skepticism of his most brilliant creation, is innately relevant.
This volume includes a thorough literary analysis of Dostoevsky's texts, yet even those who have not read all of these novels will find Cicovacki's analysis interesting and enthralling. The reader will easily extrapolate Cicovacki's own philosophical interpretation of Dostoevsky's literary heritage.
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