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Friday, December 01, 2006

Feeling Inadequate Yet?

"The most remarkable book I’ve read this year was recommended to me by Cees Nooteboom: a fifty-page-long essay by the Hungarian scholar László Földényi, Dosztojevszkij Szibérában Hegelt Olvassa, és sírva fakad (Dostoevsky reads Hegel in Siberia and weeps). I have no Hungarian, so I read it in a Spanish translation. Földényi suggests (quite plausibly) that Dostoevsky may have read Hegel’s Lessons in the Philosophy of World History in his Siberian prison, and that he deduced from Hegel’s philosophical methods the miseries of our present self-defeating society."

- Alberto Manguel, on his books of the year.


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