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The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky; Richard Pevear (Translator); Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
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When brutal landowner Fyodor Karamazov is murdered, the lives of his sons are changed irrevocably- Mitya, the sensualist, whose bitter rivalry with his father immediately places him under suspicion for parricide; Ivan, the intellectual, whose mental tortures drive him to breakdown; the spiritual Alyosha, who tries to heal the family's rifts; and the shadowy figure of their bastard half-brother Smerdyakov. As the ensuing investigation and trial reveal the true identity of the murderer, Dostoyevsky's dark masterpiece evokes a world where the lines between innocence and corruption, good and evil, blur and everyone's faith in humanity is tested.This powerful translation of The Brothers Karamazovfeatures and introduction highlighting Dostoyevsky's recurrent themes of guilt and salvation, with a new chronology and further reading.Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) was born in Moscow. From 1849-54 he lived in a convict prison, and in later years his passion for gambling led him deeply into debt. His other works available in Penguin Classics include Crime & Punishment, The Idiotand Demons.If you enjoyed The Brothers Karamazovyou might like Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls, also available in Penguin Classics.
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'In this new translation one finally gets the musical whole of Dostoevsky's original' New York Times Book Review 20030924

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Fyodor Dostoevsky was born in Moscow on 11th November 1821. He had six siblings and his mother died in 1837 and his father in 1839. He graduated from the St Petersburg Academy of Military Engineering in 1846 but decided to change careers and become a writer. His first book, Poor Folk, did very well but on 23rd April 1849 he was arrested for subversion and sentenced to death. After a mock-execution his sentence was commuted to hard labour in Siberia where he developed epilepsy.He was released in 1854.His 1860 book, The House of the Dead was based on these experiences. In 1857 he married Maria Dmitrievna Isaeva. After his release he adopted more conservative and traditional values and rejected his previous socialist position. In the following years he spent a lot of time abroad, struggled with an addiction to gambling and fell deeply in debt. His wife died in 1864 and he married Anna Grigoryeva Snitkina. In the following years he published his most enduring and successful books, includingCrime and Punishment (1865). He died on 9th February 1881.

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General Fields

  • : 9780099922803
  • : penguin random house
  • : Arrow
  • : October 2008
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 48mm
  • : January 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Fyodor Dostoevsky; Richard Pevear (Translator); Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
  • : Paperback
  • : 492
  • : English
  • : 816
  • : General & literary fiction; Classic fiction