By Michael Cunningham
From Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Hours, comes this extensively praised novel of 2 boyhood acquaintances: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and uncertain of himself; and Bobby, hip, darkish, and inarticulate. In manhattan after university, Bobby strikes in with Jonathan and his roommate, Clare, a veteran of the city's erotic wars. Bobby and Clare fall in love, scuttling the plans of Jonathan, who's homosexual, to father Clare's baby. Then, while Clare and Bobby have a toddler, the 3 movement to a small residence upstate to elevate "their" baby jointly and, with a strange pal, Alice, create a brand new form of kin. A domestic on the finish of the World masterfully depicts the charged, fragile relationships of city existence today.
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Bakhtin and ReneÂ Girard are linked to suggest the outlines of a possible interpretative framework for such a new collection. The problem of reading Dostoevsky religiously begs the general question of reading a poetic work theologically. It has long been important for theology to get across its meanings through poetry. Some of the great theologians did precisely that. St Gregory of Nazianzus, for example, refused to isolate theology from poetry and rhetoric in his sermons and orations. In this he was following the Christian tradition from its very origin.
Christ often spoke in parables. The Gospels are not a set of dogmas and doctrines ± this was the systematising work of the Church ± but comprise four stories or versions, of the life of Jesus, each with different emphases and theological implications. The religious meanings incorporated into an artistic text are not dogmatic, not doctrinal and can be easily rejected as heretical by the of®cial church. 45 Theology may be read out of Dostoevsky, but it is a creation: in writing his ®ction he was creating a new theology.
245. 28 george pattison and diane oenning thompson 33 Quoted in Crowder (1990), 30. 34 W. Hamilton, `Banished from the land of unity: Dostoyevsky's religious vision through the eyes of Dmitry, Ivan and Alyosha Karamazov', in T. J. J. Altizer and W. ), Radical Theology and the Death of God (Harmondsworth, 1968), 91. , 93±94. , 94. 37 R. Girard, Resurrection from the Underground (New York, 1997). 38 S. R. Sutherland, Atheism and the Rejection of God: Contemporary Philosophy and `The Brothers Karamazov' (Oxford, 1977), 139.