Redemption and the merchant god: Dostoevsky's economy of salvation and antisemitism

Susan McReynolds*

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Dostoevsky's Russian chauvinism and anti Semitism have long posed problems for his readers and critics. How could the author of The Brothers Karamazov also be the source of the slurs against Jews in Diary of a Writer? And where is the celebrated Christian humanist in the nationalist outbursts of The Idiot? These enigmas-the coexistence of humanism and hatred, faith and doubt-are linked, Susan McReynolds tells us in Redemption and the Merchant God. Her book analyzes Dostoevsky's novels and Diary to show how the author's anxieties about Christianity can help solve the riddle of his anti Semitism as well as that of his Russian messianism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherNorthwestern University Press
Number of pages241
ISBN (Print)9780810124394
StatePublished - 2011

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  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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