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The final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, and is generally considered the culmination of his life's work. Dostoyevsky spent nearly two years writing The Brothers Karamazov, which was 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 less than four months after its publication.

The book portrays a patricide in which each of the murdered man's sons share varying degrees of complicity. On a deeper level, it is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, reason, free will 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 and Albert Einstein as one of the supreme achievements in literature.

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ISBN-10:  0374528373
ISBN-13:  978-0374528379
Author:  Fyodor Dostoevsky
Genre:  Novel
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date Published:  June 14, 2002
Format:  paperback
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review by . August 27, 2012
   Early on in this wandering Russian sprawl of a novel, a family acquaintance and later antagonist boils down the "Karamazov problem" to "sensualists, money-grubbers, and saintly fools!"  For us modern American readers of an English translation, the Karamazov problem might be more succinctly stated as the lack of succinctness.   Dostoyevsky writes on and on and on, in the Penguin Classics paperback I read 900+ densely packed pages of pages-long paragraphs …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
A very difficult read, but truly intriguing. Many psychological themes.
review by . June 24, 2009
"The Brothers Karamazov" nearly falls victim to its best chapter.      Not that it fails, by any stretch of the imagination; the novel is a true tour de force, 960 pages of literary excellence, a fascinating look at classic themes of anger, jealousy, debauchery, sin and redemption. It weaves together the story of four brothers (Dimitri, Ivan, Alyosha and Smerdyakov), their lovers, their father, and his murder. These characters and events make for a complex and fascinating story …
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