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Dostoyevsky's "Brothers Karamazov"

"In 1880 Dostoevsky completed The Brothers Karamazov, the literary effort for which he had been preparing all his life. Compelling, profound, complex, it is the story of a patricide and of the four sons who each had a motive for murder: Dmitry, the sensualist, Ivan, the intellectual; Alyosha, the mystic; and twisted, cunning Smerdyakov, the bastard child. Frequently lurid, nightmarish, always brilliant, the novel plunges the reader into a sordid love triangle, a pathological obsession, and a gripping courtroom drama. But throughout the whole, Dostoevsky searhes for the truth--about man, about life, about the existence of God. A terrifying answer to man's eternal questions, this monumental work remains the crowning achievement of perhaps the finest novelist of all time."

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  • John

    An amazing novel, as well as a fascinating portrait of 19th-century Russia, its various social and economic castes, and its literary and religious heritage. The mechanics of Dostoyevsky's storytelling techniques and the novel's architecture are quite complex and sophisticated. I recommend checking out a short book by Robert Belknap, "The Structure of The Brothers Karamazov," and also Joseph Frank's excellent multi-volume biography of Dostoyevsky.

    June 1, 2014

  • Shilpi

    Was traveling last month, didn't get to finish reading...

    April 3, 2014

  • heather p.

    Haven't had time to read due to unexpected travels

    April 2, 2014

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