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Lev Shestov and His Times

Encounters with Brandes, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Checkhov, Ibsen, Nietzsche and Husserl


Andrius Valevicius

Lev Shestov (1866-1938) has been acclaimed as the most original twentieth-century Russian philosopher. Living in Paris after the Russian Revolution, Shestov caught the attention of French intellectuals (such as A. Gide, G. Marcel, E. Mounier and later A. Camus) with his penetrating portrayals of existentialists in France.
This book examines Shestov's interpretations of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Nietzsche, Chekhov, Ibsen and his confrontation with the philosopher Edmund Husserl, whom Shestov first introduced to philosophical circles. This book also takes into consideration a wealth of Russian language literature on Shestov.