Introducing a new hermeneutics, this book explores the correlation between the personal faith of F.M. Dostoevsky (1821-1881) and the religious quality of his texts. In offering the first comprehensive analysis of his ego documents, it demonstrates how faith has methodologically to be defined by the inaccessibility of the 'living person'. This thesis, which draws on the work of M.M. Bakhtin, is further developed by critically examining the reception of Dostoevsky by the two main representatives of early dialectical theology, Karl Barth and Eduard Thurneysen. In the early 1920s, they claimed Dostoevsky as a chief witness to their radical theology of the fully transcendent God. While previously unpublished archive materials demonstrate the theological problems of their static conceptual interpretation, the 'kaleidoscopic' hermeneutics is founded on the awareness that a text offers only a fixed image, whereas living faith is in permanent motion.
Number of pages: 372
Weight: 734 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 28 mm
"In many ways Kaleidoscope is the first and certainly the most extensive work dedicated to the topic of Dostoevsky and early dialectical theology. [...] Kaleidoscope marks an important step forward in the complex relationship between Dostoevsky and early dialectical theology."
- David Tew, in: Anglican Theological Review 98.2
"Tolstaya's book serves as an invaluable reminder of the need to read Dostoevsky through the kaleidoscope of his worldviews and not simply
to overlay his texts with our own views."
- Michael R. Kelly, Brigham Young University, in: The Russian Review Volume 71, Issue 1 (2017).