Rowan Williamsâ€™s fascination with Russia goes back to his boyhood, and to watching the films of Sergei Eisenstein, which evoked for him a sense of strangeness, tragedy and extremes. As a teenager, he embarked on Russian literature, beginning with Fyodor Dostoevsky, whom he found profoundly and deeply compelling. While Archbishop of Canterbury, he then took a three-month sabbatical to write Dostoevsky: Language, Faith and Fiction (2010). In this talk, he explores the â€œthread of wildnessâ€ that runs through Dostoevskyâ€™s characters, what they have to teach us about human anguish and responsibility, and why â€œthe Russian dimensionâ€ has been, and remains, central to his theological thinking and his life of prayer.
Chaired by Sara Wheeler.
We are grateful to Robert Skidelsky for sponsoring this event.
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