The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

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Overview

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constantine Gregory

Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel, The Karamazov Brothers (1880), is both a brilliantly told crime story and a passionate philosophical debate. The dissolute landowner Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov is murdered; his sons - the atheist intellectual Ivan, the hot-blooded Dmitry, and the saintly novice Alyosha - are all at some level involved. Bound up with this intense family drama is Dostoevsky's exploration of many deeply felt ideas about the existence of God, the question of human freedom, the collective nature of guilt, the disastrous consequences of rationalism. The novel is also richly comic: the Russian Orthodox Church, the legal system, and even the author's most cherished causes and beliefs are presented with a note of irreverence, so that orthodoxy and radicalism, sanity and madness, love and hatred, right and wrong are no longer mutually exclusive. Rebecca West considered it 'the allegory for the world's maturity', but with children to the fore. This new translation does full justice to Dostoevsky's genius, particularly in the use of the spoken word, which ranges over every mode of human expression.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843796824
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Publication date: 07/28/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 29
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (11 November 1821 - 9 February 1881), sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Dostoyevsky's literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th-century Russia, and engage with a variety of philosophical and religious themes.

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FlamableSteve More than 1 year ago
Constance Garnett is terrible. Do not get an book translated by her. Get the David McDuff translation or the Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky translation. This is the best book I have ever read. Hands down. The first 30 pages or so(first 'book') is somewhat dull, but after the story begins to pick up, it is the most fascinating book you will ever read! The plot is good. It is a fascinating murder story. I couldn't quite classify it as a mystery, as the intent of the book isn't to figure out who killed 'him', but it is nonetheless intriguing. What is more important, though, is the philosophy. The book is largely an exploration of a variety of religious questions. Those, I will let you ponder for yourself. The greatest virtue of the novel is the characterization. Dostoevsky an incredible ability to paint a character portrait. 5 stars... For the better translation!
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I loved this book it was the greatest book ever