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The Grand Inquisitor

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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. . .His path and sing to Him, 'Hosanna!' It is He, it is Himself, they say to each other, it must be He, it can be none other but He! He pauses at the portal of the old cathedral, just as a wee white coffin is carried in, with tears and great lamentations. The lid is off, and in the coffin lies the body of a fair-child, seven years old, the only child of an eminent citizen of the city. The little corpse lies buried in flowers. 'He will raise the child to life!' confidently shouts the crowd to the weeping mother. The officiating priest who had come to meet the funeral procession, looks perplexed, and frowns. A loud cry is suddenly heard, and the bereaved mother prostrates herself at His feet. 'If it be Thou, then bring back my child to life!' she cries beseechingly. The procession halts, and the little coffin is gently lowered at his feet. Divine compassion beams forth from His eyes, and as He looks at the child, His lips are heard to whisper once more, 'Talitha Cumi'—. . . Read More

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Though this is indeed a great work of literature, it is important to remember that is part of a larger and even greater piece of literature. I am not a fan of only reading a single chapter out of a larger work as I believe a reader will be missing out on what the author is truly trying to say. Th...more

This is actually a story inside a book (The Brothers Karamazov), but it stands alone. It is a truly great work, pitting the cynical bishop against the risen Christ. This is one of the greatest works of Russian literature, more like poetry than prose. If Brothers Karamazov is too long for you (I u...more

Read this quick goodie in my Utopia/Dystopia class and it was as gripping, powerful, and philosophically tormenting as its reputation would likely suggest. While the language is somewhat difficult, and there are many key references to specific sections from The Bible, its ongoing themes are likel...more

Um dos mais belos escritos cometido pela mão humana.

“Los tunantes me dan vaya con mi, al parecer, inculta y reaccionaria creencia en Dios. Esos imbéciles no han podido en la vida ni siquiera soñar una negación de Dios cual la que se expresa en mi Gran Inquisidor y todo el capítulo que le precede, y a la que responde el libro entero. Si yo creo en...more

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