The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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The Brothers Karamazov is a novel written by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, first published in 1880. The story is set in 19th-century Russia and follows the lives of the Karamazov family, focusing on the relationships between the three brothers: Dmitry, Ivan, and Alexei. The novel begins with the introduction of the father, Fyodor Karamazov, a wealthy and dissolute man who has three sons from two different marriages. Dmitry, the oldest son, is passionate and impulsive, while Ivan, the middle son, is intellectual and skeptical. Alexei, the youngest son, is gentle and spiritual, and is also known as Alyosha. The plot centers on the murder of Fyodor Karamazov, which occurs under mysterious circumstances. Each of the three brothers is a suspect in the murder, and the novel explores their individual motives, as well as their relationships with each other and with their father. As the investigation unfolds, the novel delves into complex themes such as the nature of God, the existence of free will, and the meaning of morality. The narrative also includes subplots that touch on issues such as social injustice, the role of religion in society, and the relationship between love and suffering. The Brothers Karamazov is a complex and profound novel that explores the depths of human nature and the complexities of the human soul. Its characters are deeply flawed and complex, and the novel offers a rich exploration of their psychological motivations and inner conflicts.

№ 29 in The Guardian's 100 Greatest Novels Of All Time.

Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.

This book has 351,288 words, 602 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1880. This translation by Constance Garnett was first published in 1912.

Production notes: This ebook of The Brothers Karamazov was published by Global Grey in 2019, and updated on the 12th April 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Monk-Inok' by Konstantin Savitsky.

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