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Le Pascal de Tolstoï

Abstract : Tolstoï draws extensively from Pascal’s work in order to build his Reading Circle, but he does not focus on staying true to the original text, which is why this is not a mere anthology, but a true work of literary creation. Tolstoï made a selection amongst Pascal’s Thoughts, and he also made some transformations and interpretation mistakes in the act of translation: this whole process unveils the main elements in the dialogue between the two authors. Sometimes, their disagreement is an involuntary one. At other times, there is a true discrepancy between them. But in one case or the other, the process always enables precious discoveries, as long as one is ready to take on the tedious work of confronting the two texts in minute detail. As for Pascal’s Life, it is a more elaborated text part of the “readings of the week”. It consists in an original interpretation, sensitive to something critics have too often overlooked: the concern for fame and the transformations it brings about. The Russian writer draws a parallel between Pascal and Gogol, and he sees in Pascal the epitome of a crucial concern, as well as the irruption of the religious into worldly mediocrity.
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Laurent Thirouin. Le Pascal de Tolstoï. Françoise Lesourd; Laurent Thirouin. Lectures russes de Pascal, hier et aujourd’hui, Classiques Garnier, pp.119-161, 2020, Constitution de la modernité, 978-2-406-10394-3. ⟨10.15122/isbn.978-2-406-10396-7.p.0119⟩. ⟨halshs-03109553⟩



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