Truth – Literary


Cristina Guarnieri


  And he let Him out into the dark alleys of the town…

        Fyodor Dostoyevsky,

        The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Grand Inquisitor, in Id., The Brothers Karamazov

Introductory remarks:

Christ, a silent truth “If I had to choose between Christ and the truth, it is Christ I would choose.” This famous phrase by Dostoevsky, with such a paradoxical formulation, is illuminated by the story of the Great Inquisitor located at the heart of the novel The Brothers Karamazov. Before the Inquisitor, who presses him with his dogmatic truth, Christ remains silent. The truth that He incarnates does not make proclamations, nor seeks proselytes, the truth of Christ is silent: it is a living, incarnate truth, which is witnessed by immersing itself in the world, participating in the dark meanders of the human. It is the truth of Alexis Karamazov – who, kissing his brother on the lips, chooses to embrace the Earth; it is not the truth of Ivan – a restless and tormented expression of Euclidean reason. But how, then, to access a truth that is silent?