The Brothers Karamazov: A Novel in Four Parts With Epilogue (Paperback)

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By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky  seethes with
passion, greed, and murder, this book is considered one of the greatest
achievements of literature.  A father and
son vie for the same woman, two brothers eloquently debate the existence of
God, and a proud man stands accused of patricide.  Page 245 has one of the most eloquent
passages on the existence of a diety or living a moral life I have read.  The three brothers have very different
natures; a monk, an intellectual, and a sensualist aristocrat.  Epic in scope, this fascinating, moody,
beautiful book looks into the heart of Mother Russia and the darkest secrets of
man.  Dostoevsky blends the story line
through not only the upper classes but also those forced to survive in the
margins. Betrayal, redemption, love, and hate all broil in the meaty stew
Dostoevsky brews

— Deon Stonehouse

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Winner of the Pen/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize

The Brothers Karamasov is a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs involving the “wicked and sentimental” Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his three sons—the impulsive and sensual Dmitri; the coldly rational Ivan; and the healthy, red-cheeked young novice Alyosha. Through the gripping events of their story, Dostoevsky portrays the whole of Russian life, is social and spiritual striving, in what was both the golden age and a tragic turning point in Russian culture.

This award-winning translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky remains true to the verbal
inventiveness of Dostoevsky’s prose, preserving the multiple voices, the humor, and the surprising modernity of the original. It is an achievement worthy of Dostoevsky’s last and greatest novel.

About the Author


Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-81) was a Russian writer of novels, short stories and essays. His most famous work includes Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. He is considered to be one of Europe's major novelists.

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.



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.

Praise For…


“[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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780374528379
ISBN-10: 0374528373
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: June 14th, 2002
Pages: 824
Language: English