COMPLETE AND UNABRIDGED BESTSELLER: THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV (Special Unabridged NOOK Edition) by FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY The Worldwide Bestselling Novel THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV by DOSTOYEVSKY Author of Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Notes from Underground

COMPLETE AND UNABRIDGED BESTSELLER: THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV (Special Unabridged NOOK Edition) by FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY The Worldwide Bestselling Novel THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV by DOSTOYEVSKY Author of Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Notes from Underground

by FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY, Russian Novel Masterpieces Press
     
 

COMPLETE AND UNABRIDGED BESTSELLER: THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV
(Special Unabridged NOOK Edition)
by FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY

The Worldwide Bestselling Novel
THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV by DOSTOYEVSKY

Author of Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Notes from Underground


ABOUT THE NOVEL

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COMPLETE AND UNABRIDGED BESTSELLER: THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV
(Special Unabridged NOOK Edition)
by FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY

The Worldwide Bestselling Novel
THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV by DOSTOYEVSKY

Author of Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Notes from Underground


ABOUT THE NOVEL

The Brothers Karamazov (Russian: Братья Карамазовы Brat'ya Karamazovy, pronounced [ˈbratʲjə kərɐˈmazəvɨ]) is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Dostoyevsky spent nearly two years writing The Brothers Karamazov, which was published as a serial in The Russian Messenger and completed in November 1880. Dostoyevsky intended it to be the first part in an epic story titled The Life of a Great Sinner, but he died less than four months after its publication.

The Brothers Karamazov is a passionate philosophical novel that enters deeply into the ethical debates of God, free will, and morality. It is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, and reason, set against a modernizing Russia. Dostoyevsky composed much of the novel in Staraya Russa, which is also the main setting of the novel. Since its publication, it has been acclaimed all over the world by thinkers as diverse as Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Martin Heidegger, Osho, Cormac McCarthy, Kurt Vonnegut, and Pope Benedict XVI as one of the supreme achievements in literature.

The Brothers Karamazov has had a deep influence on many writers and philosophers that followed it. Sigmund Freud called it "the most magnificent novel ever written" and was fascinated with the book for its Oedipal themes. In 1928 Freud published a paper titled "Dostoevsky and Parricide" in which he investigated Dostoyevsky's own neuroses. Freud claimed that Dostoyevsky's epilepsy was not a natural condition but instead a physical manifestation of the author's hidden guilt over his father's death. According to Freud, Dostoyevsky (and all other sons) wished for the death of his father because of latent desire for his mother; and as evidence Freud cites the fact that Dostoyevsky's epileptic fits did not begin until he turned 18, the year his father died. The themes of patricide and guilt, especially in the form of moral guilt illustrated by Ivan Karamazov, would then obviously follow for Freud as literary evidence of this theory. However, scholars have since discredited Freud's connection because of evidence showing that Dostoyevsky's children inherited his epileptic condition, making the cause biological, rather than psychological.

Franz Kafka is another writer who felt immensely indebted to Dostoyevsky and The Brothers Karamazov for influencing his own work. Kafka called himself and Dostoyevsky "blood relatives," perhaps because of Dostoyevsky's existential motifs. Another interesting parallel between the two authors was their strained relationships with their fathers. Kafka felt immensely drawn to the hatred Fyodor's sons demonstrate toward their father in The Brothers Karamazov and dealt with the theme of fathers and sons himself in many of his works, most explicitly in his short story "The Judgment".

James Joyce noted that, "The Brothers Karamazov... made a deep impression on me... he created some unforgettable scenes ... Madness you may call it, but therein may be the secret of his genius... I prefer the word exaltation, exaltation which can merge into madness, perhaps. In fact all great men have had that vein in them; it was the source of their greatness; the reasonable man achieves nothing."

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"A work of genius."
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"The most magnificent novel ever written."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013060944
Publisher:
Russian Novels Masterpieces Press
Publication date:
12/11/2011
Series:
Russian Novels Masterpieces | Dostoyevsky Tolstoy Turgenev Chekhov Gorky Bulgakov Pushkin Nabokov Solzhenitsyn Pasternak
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
848,073
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (November 11, 1821 – February 9, 1881) was a Russian writer of novels, short stories and essays.[3] He is best known for his novels Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov.

Dostoyevsky's literary works explored human psychology in the troubled political, social and spiritual context of 19th-century Russian society. Considered by many as a founder or precursor of 20th-century existentialism, Dostoyevsky wrote, with the embittered voice of the anonymous "underground man", Notes from Underground (1864), which was called the "best overture for existentialism ever written" by Walter Kaufmann. Dostoyevsky is often acknowledged by critics as one of the greatest and most prominent psychologists in world literature.

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