the last word

you… cannot even tell whether his words now are old, decrepit rubbish, ground up in all the Slavophil mills of Moscow, or a completely new word, the last word, the only word of renewal and resurrection.

– Shatov in Demons

The character who out of all of Dostoevsky’s characters in the book was the one closest to the truth. The character who even then, stammering over his unbelief, still said, “I will believe” and not “I believe.” It was in belief that he would have found life, and he was murdered right at the brink of finding it.


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