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The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

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By (author) Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Translated by Constance Garnett

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 736 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 211mm x 56mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 26 August 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486437914
  • ISBN 13: 9780486437910
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
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  • Sales rank: 38,308

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Completed only two months before his death, "The Brothers Karamazov" is Dostoyevsky's largest, most expanisve, most life-embracing work. Filled with human passions -- lust, greed, love, jealousy, sorrow and humor -- the book is also infused with moral issues and the issue of collective guilt. As in many of Dostoyevsky's novels, the plot centers on a murder. Sucked into the crime's vortex are three brothers: Dmitri, a young officer utterly unrestrained in love, hatred, jealousy, and generosity; Ivan, an intellectual capable of delivering, impromptu, the most brilliant, lively, and unforgettable disquisitions about good and evil, God, and the devil; and Alyosha, the youngest brother, preternaturally patient, good, and loving. Part mystery, part profound philosophical and theological debate, "The Brothers Karamazov "pulls the reader in on many different levels. As the Introduction says, "The characters Dostoyevsky writes about, though they may not appear to be ones who live on our street, or even on any street, seem, in their passions and lack of self-control, the familiar and intimate denizens of our souls." It's no wonder that for many people "The Brothers Karamazov "is one of the greatest novels ever written.

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By Gregor Matheson 17 Apr 2011 5

This book has had such a profound impact on my life. Dostoyevsky creates a wonderful cast of characters from the agnostic philosopher Ivan, the hedonistic father Fyodor, the devout Alyosha and the passionate Dmitri, and many others.

In translation some things might be lost, but the translator of this edition doesn't fall into the trap that snares other Dostoyevsky translators, of attempting to use Anglo-Saxon idioms for Russian characters, which always fails awfully.

The greatly under-rated American story writer William Saroyan wrote of 'the roar of Dostoyevsky'. This Dover Thrift edition really captures this aspect of the great Russian author. Much of the text is composed of speech, whilst the rest often reads like it. There is nothing mannered or affected about the style, but there is a profound sense of immediacy, as well as a surprising sense of humour.

As well as being a well-translated great novel, the Dover Thrift edition has a large print size that is easy to read, and an attractive layout. Now that the British media is overly-populated by anti-religious bigmouths, ostentatiously beating old strawmen (whilst avoiding the problem of evil and free will), I'd say that Dostoyevsky is more relevant than ever. His anti-religious characters tend to be more interesting than most of their real life counterparts.

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Completed only two months before his death, "The Brothers Karamazov" is Dostoyevsky's largest, most expanisve, most life-embracing work. Filled with human passions―lust, greed, love, jealousy, sorrow and humor―the book is also infused with moral issues and the issue of collective guilt. As in many of Dostoyevsky's novels, the plot centers on a murder. Sucked into the crime's vortex are three brothers: Dmitri, a young officer utterly unrestrained in love, hatred, jealousy, and generosity; Ivan, an intellectual capable of delivering, impromptu, the most brilliant, lively, and unforgettable disquisitions about good and evil, God, and the devil; and Alyosha, the youngest brother, preternaturally patient, good, and loving. Part mystery, part profound philosophical and theological debate, "The Brothers Karamazov "pulls the reader in on many different levels. As the Introduction says, "The characters Dostoyevsky writes about, though they may not appear to be ones who live on our street, or even on any street, seem, in their passions and lack of self-control, the familiar and intimate denizens of our souls." It's no wonder that for many people "The Brothers Karamazov "is one of the greatest novels ever written. Dover (2005) unabridged publication of the Constance Garnett translation as published by W. Heinemann, London, 1912-1920.

Table of contents

Part One   Book I: The History of a Family     1. Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov     2. He Gets Rid of His Eldest Son     3. The Second Marriage and the Second Family     4. The third Son, Alyosha     5. Elders   Book II: An Unfortunate Gathering     1. They Arrive at the Monastery     2. The Old Buffoon     3. Peasant Women Who Have Faith     4. A Lady of Little Faith     5. So Be It! So Be It!     6. Why Is Such a Man Alive?     7. A Young Man Bent on a Career     8. The Scandalous Scene   Book III: The Sensualists     1. In the Servants' Quarters     2. Lizaveta     3. The Confession of a Passionate Heart--in Verse     4. The Confession of a Passionate Heart--in Anecdote     5. The Confession of a Passionate Heart--"Heels Up"     6. Smerdyakov     7. The Controversy     8. Over the Brandy     9. The Sensualists     10. Both Together     11. Another Reputation Ruined Part Two   Book IV: Lacerations     1. Father Ferapont     2. At His Father's     3. A Meeting with the Schoolboys     4. At the Hohlakovs'     5. A Laceration in the Drawing Room     6. A Laceration in the Cottage     7. And in the Open Air   Book V: Pro and Contra     1. The Engagement     2. Smerdyakov with a Guitar     3. The Brothers Make Friends     4. Rebellion     5. The Grand Inquisitor     6. For a While a Very Obscure One     7. "It's Always Worth While Speaking to a Clever Man"   Book VI: The Russian Monk     1. Father Zosima and His Visitors     2. Notes of the Life of the Deceased Priest and Monk, the Elder Zosima, Taken from His Own Words by Alexey Fyodorovich Karamazov     3. Conversations and Exhortations of Father Zosima Part Three   Book VII: Alyosha     1. The Breath of Corruption     2. A Critical Moment     3. An Onion     4. Cana of Galilee   Book VIII: Mitya     1. Kuzma Samsonov     2. Lyagavy     3. Gold Mines     4. In the Dark     5. A Sudden Resolution     6. "I Am Coming, Too!"     7. The First and Rightful Lover     8. Delirium   Book IX: The Preliminary Investigation     1. The Beginning of Perhotin's Official Career     2. The Alarm     3. The Sufferings of a Soul. The First Ordeal     4. The Second Ordeal     5. The Third Ordeal     6. The Prosecutor Catches Mitya     7. Mitya's Great Secret. Received with Hisses     8. The Evidence of the Witnesses. The Babe     9. They Carry Mitya Away Part Four   Book X: The Boys     1. Kolya Krasotkin     2. Children     3. The Schoolboy     4. The Lost Dog     5. By Ilyusha's Bedside     6. Precocity     7. Ilyusha   Book XI: Ivan     1. At Grushenka's     2. The Injured Foot     3. A Little Demon     4. A Hymn and a Secret     5. Not You, Not You!     6. The First Interview with Smerdyakov     7. The Second Visit to Smerdyakov     8. The Third and Last Interview with Smerdyakov     9. The Devil. Ivan's Nightmare     10. "It Was He who Said That"   Book XII: A Judicial Error     1. The Fatal Day     2. Dangerous Witnesses     3. The Medical Experts and a Pound of Nuts     4. Fortune Smiles on Mitya     5. A Sudden Catastrophe     6. The Prosecutor's Speech. Sketches of Character     7. A Historical Survey     8. A Treatise on Smerdyakov     9. The Galloping Troika. The End of the Prosecutor's Speech     10. The Speech for the Defense. An Argument That Cuts Both Ways     11. There Was No Money. There Was No Robbery     12. And There Was No Murder Either     13. A Corrupter of Thought     14. The Peasants Stand Firm Epilogue     1. Plans for Mitya's Escape     2. For a Moment the Lie Becomes Truth     3. Ilyusha's Funeral. The Speech at the Stone