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Chetvertyi brat ili kozel otpushcheniia ex machina?" / "The Fourth Brother or a Scapegoat Ex Machina?

Olga Meerson. "Chetvertyi brat ili kozel otpushcheniia ex machina?" / "The Fourth Brother or a Scapegoat Ex Machina?." Roman F.M. Dostoevskogo “Brat’ia Karamazovy. Sovremennoe sostoianie izucheniia/ Dostoevsky’s Novel The Brothers Karamazov: the Contemporary State of Research. Ed. T.A. Kasatkina. Moscow, Russia: Nauka, 2007: 565-604

This article is personalist but not individualistic. It examines what happens to the reader when s/he is forced to see the world the way it is seen by the novel's scapegoat, Pavel Smerdiakov. Seeing the events through that lackey/neglected brother's eyes may change the reader forever, not only in relation to Dostoevsky but in relation to him or herself as well. This angle of vision provides the reader with an opportunity to see the way Dostoevsky's characters see, rather than to assess these characters "objectively." This way of reading is Bakhtinian but the conclusions one may draw from assuming Smerdiakov's specific vision may be shocking even to Bakhtin.

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