Category: Literature

  • Dostoïevski, Fiodor – Le Crime et le Châtiment

    crime and punishment. The novel could be divided in two parts: the first one has the label “crime” and it ranges from book 1 to book 3. While the second one has the label “punishment” and it encompasses the books 4, 5 and 6. “The structure of <Crime and Punishment> must therefore be modified from […]

  • Dostoïevski, Fiodor – Les Possédés

    demons. The demons are not the heroes, but their ideas that are of a special kind. The heroes are intellectuals alienated from their traditions, soil and earth, and they are borrowing ideas without roots in the reality where they are living. So, these ideas take a life of their own, becoming a God and more […]

  • Dostoïevski, Fiodor – L’Idiot

    idiot. The “idiot” is Dostoevsky’s own version of “holy fool”, or the fool in the name of God. Initially designed as someone extremely bad, the idiot turned out to be someone extremely good. So, Dostoevsky discarded any trace of dark and shadow, and left only light and bright in him: the idiot, in this novel, […]

  • Codrescu, Andrei – The Poetry Lesson

    epitaph. The epitaph is a commemorative inscription on a tomb. Codrescu gives the following examples: “See you later”, “Have a nice day” and “This grave contains all that was mortal of a young English poet who on his death bed in the bitterness of his heart at the malicious power of his enemies desired these […]

  • Ionesco, Eugène – Rhinocéros

    rhinoceritis (rhinocérite). The process, often ideological, of transformation of a human being in an animal – in this case: rhinoceros. So, according to Eugène Ionesco, there are two transformation processes: from man to rhinoceros (a process depicted in the play “Rhinocéros” – and it could be labeled as well as: becoming a Communist/ becoming a […]