The Brothers Karamazov: A Novel in Four Parts With Epilogue

Paperback | June 14, 2002

byFyodor DostoevskyTranslated byRichard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

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The award-winning translation of Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel.

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The award-winning translation of Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel.

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky were awarded the PEN/ Book-of-the-Month Translation Prize for The Brothers Karamazov and have also translated Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Notes from Underground, Demons, and The Idiot.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:June 14, 2002Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0374528373

ISBN - 13:9780374528379

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from If there is any reason to read Russian Literature, this book is it! Dostoevsky at his best. This version was translated by my favorite Russian translator Constance Garnett. If you are questioning making a committment to this epic read, just flip open to the chapter titled "The Grand Inquisitor" and take 10 minutes out of your day to revel in the reason why the pen is indeed mightier than the sword. A page turning, mind gripping, philosophical adventure into the heart of mankind.
Date published: 2013-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Brothers Karamazov" I think that “Brothers Karamasov” is the best Dostoyevsky’s novel. It is the warm story about brothers’ love and competition. Three brothers Dimitri (ex soldier), Ivan (student, philosopher and rationalist) and Alexei (monk) are completely different personalities, they grew up in the different conditions and the only string between them is their father. Fyodor Pavlovich, the father, is an alcoholic and a difficult who character has no interest in his sons. However, the relation between the four of them drives much of the plot in the novel. The story involves love, crime, betrayal, suffering and hope. This book can be seen from different sides: if you like a good criminal story you will find one here. If you like to learn more about “Russian soul”, Orthodox Church, hierarchy in “old Russia” or early communist thoughts, you will be able to do that in an easy and enjoyable way. Brothers Karamasov is a classic novel and if you haven’t read it yet you may want to try, as it is going to open whole new world in front of you.
Date published: 2012-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Five Words Five words: It was written by Dostoevsky.
Date published: 2006-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Read The Brothers Karamazov is not only a great novel that delves deep into the human psyche and the Russian soul, but it has been studied by political scholars. Dostoevsky came from an aristocratic family and served in the military, but gave up all that this promised him in the post-Napoleonic years to write full time. It switches to a different character each chapter, and each brother has a different life. This writing and everything about this amazing. Even though I preferred Crime and Punishment to the Brothers Karamazov, it still is a great work of art.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Understanding the complexities of the human soul Written in 1880, Dostoyevsky's last novel raises age old issues within the hearts of men. Does God exist? Is there life after death? Where does evil come from? Framed within pre-communist Russia, the concept of socialism is introduced. Dostoyevsky creates a fascinating plot regarding the murder of Fyodor Karamazov by one of his sons. It is a story of passion, hatred, greed and murder. The strength of the book is the development and complexity of the characters. The author reveals the values by which Karamazov's sons live out their lives. Dostoyevsky shows how the beliefs and values of people shape their behaviours, choices and ultimately their destiny. This book is a classic in that it's characters transcend their time and culture by addressing the struggles that people of all times face.
Date published: 2001-02-05

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Editorial Reviews

"[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