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The Brothers Karamazov

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Catalog Code: 9780374528379

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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Here is Dostoevsky's epic masterpiece--a story of patricide and family rivalry embodying the disintegration of a whole society, Russia in the 1870s.

Dostoyevsky spent nearly two years writing The Brothers Karamazov, his final novel, which was first 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 fewer than four months after its publication.

The Brothers Karamazov is a passionate philosophical novel that explores deep into the ethical debates of God, free will, and morality. It is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, reason, and modern 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, and Pope Benedict XVI as one of the supreme achievements in literature.

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow in 1821. Between 1849 and 1854 he lived in a convict prison, and in later years his passion for gambling led him deeply into debt. He died in 1881. He is also the author of Crime & Punishment, The Idiot and The Devils and is widely considered to be one of the greatests writers of the modern era.

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"[Dostoevsky is] at once the most literary and compulsively readable of novelists we continue to regard as great . . . The Brothers Karamazov stands as the culmination of his art--his last, longest, richest and most capacious book. [This] scrupulous rendition can only be welcomed. It returns to us a work we thought we knew, subtly altered and so made new again."--Donald Fanger, Washington Post Book World

"It may well be that Dostoevsky's [world], with all its resourceful energies of life and language, is only now--and through the medium of this translation--beginning to come home to the English-speaking reader." --John Bayley, The New York Review of Books

"Heartily recommended to any reader who wishes to come as close to Dostoevsky's Russian as it is possible."--Joseph Frank, Princeton University

"Far and away the best translation of Dostoevsky into English that I have seen . . . faithful . . . extremely readable . . . gripping."--Sidney Monas, University of Texas


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9780374528379
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8 2/5"  (21.3 cm) x 5 3/5"  (14.2 cm) x 1 1/2"  (3.81 cm)
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