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December/January--Br­others Karamazov by Dostoyevsky

Hi, all-- We decided to make this our December/ January book. Traditionally, we have chosen a longer book to read over these two months. December's meeting will be mainly a social gathering, at Ellen's house starting at 6:30. Plan to BRING FOOD to share. I'll provided mulled wine and mulled cider. 

The book--according to Wikipedia:

The Brothers Karamazov  is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Dostoyevsky spent nearly two years writingThe Brothers Karamazov, which was published as a serial in The Russian Messenger from January 1879 to November 1880. The author died less than four months after its publication.

The Brothers Karamazov is a passionate philosophical novel set in 19th century Russia, that enters deeply into the ethical debates of Godfree will, and morality. It is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, judgement, and reason, set against a modernizing Russia, with a plot which revolves around the subject of patricide. Dostoyevsky composed much of the novel in Staraya Russa, which inspired the main setting. Since its publication, it has been acclaimed as one of the supreme achievements in world literature.

This is a lengthy book, so don't wait to get started!


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  • Peter

    Thank you Ellen for hosting, was great to meet everyone. Will look forward to future discussions.

    3h ago

  • Dan R.

    Dang it! I completely forgot that our December meeting was tonight! Sorry to miss seeing you guys. :-(

    Yesterday

  • Colin

    My boys were having a meltdown so I'm leaving now

    Yesterday

  • Cara H.

    I will bring some dessert, probably chocolaty!

    Yesterday

  • Noel

    I will bring a fruit salad/tart sorta thing. I will be arriving late, hopefully not too late, sorry.

    2 days ago

  • Tim

    Supplementary Audio: I got a lot out of this lecture series: Existentialism in Literature and Film. It was given at UC Berkeley by Burt Dreyfus (he was the inspiration for the professor in Futurama... you’ll laugh as soon as you hear him). The earlier lectures aren't necessary for understanding the Brothers parts, so don't feel like you have to listen to the whole class (or any of it at all, for that matter 😃).

    Audio: If you have an iPhone, you can download through iTunes U. This is probably the best way, so you're not stuck in front of your computer. Search "phil 7” on iTunes U, and listen to The Brothers lectures in this order: Episode 15, 18, 17, 16, 14, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, then 13 (it will make more sense when you see the episode titles).

    All the audio is also available here: https://archive.org/details/Phil_7_Existentialism_in_Literature_and_Film (where episode order makes sense)
    ----There's an app for The Internet Archive, but it didn't used to let you download

    1 · October 9

    • Roger K.

      How about potato chips?

      1 · November 25

    • Colin

      If i can use your oven i'll make Roasted Rosemary & Garlic potatoes

      1 · 2 days ago

  • Cara H.

    I'll be interested to also discuss how we all chose what translation to read (this is one I won't be reading in the original language!). Here's an article I just found: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2005/11/07/the-translation-wars

    November 23

  • Ellen H.

    Hi, folks. Looks like we'll have a great turnout for the potluck! If you get a chance, post what food you're thinking of bringing, so we can try to be well rounded...

    November 13

    • Tim

      Hummus and crudités

      November 13

    • Erica

      Mini Tacos

      November 17

  • Peter

    home made pumpkin cookies.... thanks for letting a newbie into the group; looking forward to meeting everyone

    November 13

    • Ellen H.

      Always happy to have new folks!

      November 14

  • Tim

    I added a comprehensive Character List to this group's FILES section.

    Also, if you have not gotten the book yet, I recommend the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation. It's not open-source and it won't be available through a library, but their books are stellar.

    November 6

  • Ellen H.

    Because this is a looooong book, we decided to move it to December/January, when typically we choose a longer book to discuss over two months.

    October 5

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