Siblings in Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

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Publication Date
September 2015
Page Count
256 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Siblings in Tolstoy and Dostoevsky

The Path to Universal Brotherhood

Anna A. Berman’s book brings to light the significance of sibling relationships in the writings of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Relationships in their works have typically been studied through the lens of erotic love in the former, and intergenerational conflict in the latter.

In close readings of their major novels, Berman shows how both writers portray sibling relationships as a stabilizing force that counters the unpredictable, often destructive elements of romantic entanglements and the hierarchical structure of generations. Power and interconnectedness are cast in a new light. Berman persuasively argues that both authors gradually come to consider siblinghood a model of all human relations, discerning a career arc in each that moves from the dynamics within families to a much broader vision of universal brotherhood.

About the Author

ANNA A. BERMAN is an assistant professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University.