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TO ASK FORGIVENESS OF THE BIRDS focuses on the figure of Father Zossima, a central character in Dostoevsky’s masterpiece, The Brothers Karamazov.

When Zossima was young, his dying brother asked forgiveness of the birds, saying, “Though I can’t explain it to you, I like to humble myself before them, because I don’t know how to love them enough.” These words became a cornerstone in Zossima’s existential theology, embracing love and absurdity - even love as absurdity.

Speaking just before his own death, Zossima recounts his brother’s words to his fellow monks and guests: “My brother asked the birds to forgive him; that sounds senseless, but it is right; for all is like an ocean, all is flowing and blending; a touch in one place sets up movement at the other end of the earth.”

In Father Zossima, Dostoevsky embodies an honest, human response to the question of theodicy - a response that is often cited as the birth of existentialism.

Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translator: Constance Garnett
Editor: Anthony Opal
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-7356630-2-9

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