Dostoevsky's crowning masterpiece and the quintessential expression of his thought, The Brothers Karamazov
tells the tale of a man's murder and the search to discover his murderer. As a novel, this book has every requisite: romance; vengeance; murder; intrigue; religion; philosophy; and a big dose of ''whodunnit.'' Dostoyevsky is without peer in his capacity for depicting numerous plausible characters and, thereby, presenting differing lines of philosophical thought compellingly. His famous depiction of Father Zossima, the Russian staretz, is contained in this novel, as is his infamous Grand Inquisitor. The blessing of belief, the curse of unbelief, the sordidness of life lived refusing to believe and the vacuity of the apathetic life are all portrayed. If one were to read only one novel by Dostoevsky, this would be the one to choose. And, if one were to choose a translation, this would be the one. Critics have deemed this recent translation (1990) to be the most faithful to date, reflecting the wit and the varied stylistic levels of Dostoevsky's writing with a clarity that no other English translation achieves. 796 pp.
An Eighth Day View:
"The Brothers Karamazov," Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel, published just before his death in 1881, chronicles the bitter love-hate struggle between the outsized Fyodor Karamazov and his three very different sons. It is above all the story of a murder, told with hair-raising intellectual clarity and a feeling for the human condition unsurpassed in world literature.
Dostoevsky's towering reputation as one of the handful of thinkers who forged the modern sensibility has sometimes obscured the purely novelistic virtues-brilliant characterizations, flair for suspense and melodrama, instinctive theatricality-that made his work so immensely popular in nineteenth-century Russia.
"This award-winning translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky-the definitive version in English-magnificently captures the rich and subtle energies of Dostoevsky's masterpiece.
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