‘The Brothers K’ as a Constellation in the Wise Child’s Sky

Go ahead, give your kids telescopes.

Consider what happens to people whose night skies are spangled with constellations like The Master of Hestviken, or Moby-Dick, or The Brothers Karamazov. These people Pevear and Volokhonsky, Pen Awardare hard to fool. They are also hard to enlist in pursuit of the trivial and ephemeral. It is as if we had given them a powerful telescope atop a high mountain, and shown them how to use it, and directed their attention to the Orion nebula, and once they had learned to do so and to love the beauty they found there, expected them to look at light bulbs on a marquee. Or, if not a telescope, Continue reading


Brothers K: Socialism is Atheism

…”If he had decided that immortality and God do not exist, he would immediately have joined the atheists and socialists (for socialism is not only the labor question or the question of the so-called fourth estate, but first of all the question of atheism, the question of the modern embodiment of atheism, the question of the Tower of Babel built precisely without God, not to go from earth to heaven but to bring heaven down to earth).”
The Brothers Karamazov, pg. 26

The Brothers Karamazov = Arrested Development?



I’ve just begun my biennial/annual read-through of The Brothers Karamazov, and was reminding of a piece I saw over at First Things blog drawing an eerily accurate comparison between the characters/plots of Brothers K and the television series Arrested Development. Fans of both should give it a look; everyone else should become fans and come back in a few weeks.

The author closes with some good reflections on Bros. K in a modern context, and it’s interesting to ponder the very probable fact that a contemporary audience would prefer a story centering on the Ivan character.