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Or is hewholly unlike either, and is the question therefore unanswerable becauseit is absurd?

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The Independent stated that "Isaiah Berlin was often described, especially in his old age, by means of superlatives: the world's greatest talker, the century's most inspired reader, one of the finest minds of our time ...

Sir Isaiah Berlin OM was a Russian-British philosopher and historian of ideas, regarded as one of the leading thinkers of the twentieth century, and as the dominant liberal scholar of his generation.

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Thus we have no doubt about the violence of the contrast between Pushkinand Dostoevsky; and Dostoevsky's celebrated speech about Pushkin has, forall its eloquence and depth of feeling, seldom been considered by any perceptivereader to cast light on the genius of Pushkin, but rather on that of Dostoevskyhimself, precisely because it perversely represents Pushkin-an arch-fox,the greatest in the nineteenth century-as a being similar to Dostoevskywho is nothing if not a hedgehog; and thereby transforms, indeed distorts,Pushkin into a dedicated prophet, a bearer of a single, universal messagewhich was indeed the centre of Dostoevsky's own universe, but exceedinglyremote from the many varied provinces of Pushkin's protean genius.

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Indeed,it would not be absurd to say that Russian literature is spanned by thesegigantic figures-at one pole Pushkin, at the other Dostoevsky; and thatthe characteristics of the other Russian writers can, by those who findit useful or enjoyable to ask that kind of question, to some degree bedetermined in relation to these great opposites.

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The hypothesis I wish to offer is thatTolstoy was by nature a fox, but believed in being a hedgehog; that hisgifts and achievement are one thing, and his beliefs, and consequentlyhis interpretation of his own achievement, another; and that consequentlyhis ideals have led him, and those whom his genius for persuasion has takenin, into a systematic misinterpretation of what he and others were doingor should be doing.

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This essay is an attempt to deal with his historical doctrines, and toconsider both his motives for holding the views he holds and some of theirprobable sources.

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I shallconfine myself to suggesting that the difficulty may be, at least in part,due to the fact that Tolstoy was himself not unaware of the problem, anddid his best to falsify the answer.

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I do not propose in this essay to formulatea reply to this question, since this would involve nothing less than acritical examination of the art and thought of Tolstoy as a whole.

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"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." This fragment of verse by the Greek poet Archilochus describes the central thesis of Isaiah Berlin's masterly essay on Tolstoy, in which he underlines a fundamental distinction between those people (foxes) who are fascinated by the infinite variety of things and those …

Yet it isnot lack of information that makes us pause: Tolstoy has told us more abouthimself and his views and attitudes than any other Russian, more, almostthan any other European writer; nor can his art be called obscure in anynormal sense; his universe has no dark corners, his stories are luminouswith the light of day; he has explained them and himself, and argued aboutthem and the methods by which they are constructed, more articulately andwith greater force and sanity and articulately and with greater force andsanity and lucidity than any other writer.

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