Maria Nemcova Banerjee was born in Prague. She is Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Smith College, Massachusetts and is the author of Terminal Paradox: The Novels of Milan Kundera and The Lime Tree in Prague.
'This is a book that gives further thrust to the current revival of interest in Dostoevsky's contribution to modern religious thought. As such it will be welcomed by students and teachers and, indeed, by those who read Dostoevsky simply because he is a great writer from whom we all have much to learn.' -- George Pattison, Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, Oxford University 'Compelling, enlightening, and challenging essays. Students and scholars of Russian and comparative literatures will find here a compelling case for Dostoevsky's embrace of Christianity as his rebuttal to rationalist philosophy.' -- Thomas R. Beyer, Professor of Russian, Middlebury College, Vermont 'Professor Banerjee is a trustworthy guide.' -- George A. Panichas, Editor of Modern Age: A Quarterly Review 'A fascinating meditation, distilled from a lifetime's study of Dostoevsky.' -- Donald Fanger, Harry Levin Professor of Literature, Emeritus, Harvard University 'An elegant, provocative reading of two of Dostoevsky's masterworks. -- Boris Jakim, translator 'A fascinating and penetrating study of the tension between reason and faith in some of the principal novels of Dostoevsky.' -- Scientific and Medical Network Review, Summer 2007