Milosz on Dostoevsky
Sunday December 02nd 2012, 11:15 pm
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From a Paris Review interview:

[on the novel]
It’s an impure form. I taught Dostoyevsky at Berkeley for twenty years. A born novelist, he would sacrifice everything; he knows no obligations of honor. He would put anything in a novel. Dostoyevsky created a character in The Idiot, General Ivolgin, who is a liar and tells stories—how he lost his leg in a war, how he buried his leg, and then what he inscribed on the tombstone. The inscription is taken from the tomb of Dostoyevsky’s mother. There you have a true novelist. I couldn’t do that
[edit to add]
Art is not a sufficient substitute for the problem of leading a moral life.

Seeing the film version of Anna Karenina threw me. I clearly haven’t read it since before April 1999. Not unlike Buffy S02 E17, in some ways (the film, that is).