Punishment without crime.. Dostoevsky, a victim of the Russian-Ukrainian war

Regarding the motives behind this decision, the university only expressed its desire to avoid provoking controversy in Italy, especially within the university, in a period of great tension, according to the content of the message, the details of which were revealed by Nuri himself, during a video clip in Italian on social media platforms.

The professor described the decision as frightening and ridiculous, adding that he could not believe that an Italian university would ban a lecture on a writer by Dostoevsky, considering the decision a form of censorship and restriction of freedoms.

“When I read the e-mail, I did not believe what I read,” Nuri added, noting that the ongoing war in Ukraine forces us to talk more about Dostoevsky, not to ban talking about him.

This incident sparked a major storm of criticism inside and outside Italy around the world, as many pioneers of social networks and platforms warned that the atmosphere of the war in Ukraine and the political tensions that it left behind would be reflected in the fields of culture, literature and thought.

The critics said that these areas are universal human joints, which should not be dealt with according to the logic of boycott, prohibition and criminalization on political, national and interest grounds.

Under the weight of the widespread condemning reactions, the Italian University Bicocca announced the reopening of the course devoted to the works of the giant of Russian literature.

“soft power”

Commenting on this issue, which has caused an uproar in cultural and academic circles around the world, Maher Al-Hamdani, a cultural critic and researcher based in Germany, said in an interview with “Sky News Arabia”: “It is possible to understand the steps being taken now in Europe in general against Russia and its interests, and even Against contemporary or current Russian literature that is being produced now, because literature has always been a tool of politics, influence, propaganda and propaganda, and it can become a means in the hands of the belligerents.

But what happened with the professor of Russian-Italian literature, is completely unreasonable, according to al-Hamdani, who stressed that classical Russian literature, and its most prominent giants and symbols such as Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov and Gorky, which is deep literature and a great school is no longer purely Russian literature, but is part of literature and heritage. It is supposed to be protected by the international laws of UNESCO, as it is part of the intangible global human heritage.

He explained that all peoples of the world can taste this great and rich literature, as the researcher and critic says, adding that “it is unfortunate that the academic level is so low that a European university takes such a measure, the war will end, but literature is immortal, and Dostoevsky is present and strongly through his masterpieces in different consciences and ideas.” Read it around the world, and they are in the millions.

Al-Hamdani concludes: “This step is not in line with the concept and spirit of the university, which is a free field for presenting and exchanging ideas and visions even if they are forbidden, and therefore I hope that this is an isolated incident, and that this hysteria that tries to demonize everything that is Russian, and the demonization of literature, art and culture, stops. and society in Russia.

Dostoevsky is classified as one of the world’s greatest writers and novelists, if not the most important at all in the field of Russian literature.

When Dostoevsky left in 1881, he left a will for those who wished to visit him: “The flowers you will buy when you visit my grave, there is no need and no need to weep over my head, buy food and give it to my grave guard.”

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared 2021 as the year of Fyodor Dostoevsky on the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of the giant of Russian literature, born in the year 1821 in the Russian capital, Moscow.

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