The Brothers Karamazov

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Courier Corporation, Aug 23, 2005 - Fiction - 718 pages
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Completed only two months before his death, The Brothers Karamazov is Dostoyevsky's largest, most expanisve, most life-embracing work. Filled with human passions—lust, greed, love, jealousy, sorrow and humor—the book is also infused with moral issues and the issue of collective guilt. As in many of Dostoyevsky's novels, the plot centers on a murder. Sucked into the crime's vortex are three brothers: Dmitri, a young officer utterly unrestrained in love, hatred, jealousy, and generosity; Ivan, an intellectual capable of delivering, impromptu, the most brilliant, lively, and unforgettable disquisitions about good and evil, God, and the devil; and Alyosha, the youngest brother, preternaturally patient, good, and loving.
Part mystery, part profound philosophical and theological debate, The Brothers Karamazov pulls the reader in on many different levels. As the Introduction says, "The characters Dostoyevsky writes about, though they may not appear to be ones who live on our street, or even on any street, seem, in their passions and lack of self-control, the familiar and intimate denizens of our souls." It's no wonder that for many people The Brothers Karamazov is one of the greatest novels ever written.
 

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12/22/20 I own the complete set (vol 1-54) and keep them at home on the top west shelf of my office; this includes The Great Conversation (which is volume 1) and The Great Ideas (volumes 2-3, the ... Read full review

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This classic series represents the Western canon not without academic controversy. The latest volumes of the Great Books include some women writers, but they are still definitely underrepresented ... Read full review

Contents

The History of a Family
3
The Third Son Alyosha
13
Elders
19
An Unfortunate Gathering
27
Peasant Women Who Have Faith
37
A Lady of Little Faith
44
So Be It So Be
50
Why Is Such a Man Alive?
57
The Alarm
417
The Third Ordeal
435
They Carry Mitya Away
470
The Boys
477
The Schoolboy
486
The Lost
493
By Ilyushas Bedside
499
Precocity
512

A Young Man Bent on a Career
65
The Scandalous Scene
72
The Sensualists
80
The Confession of a Passionate Heartin Verse
87
The Confession of a Passionate Heartin Anecdote
94
Both Together
127
Another Reputation Ruined
137
Lacerations
147
At His Fathers
155
At the Hohlakovs
163
A Laceration in the Cottage
177
And in the Open Air
183
Pro and Contra
192
Smerdyakov with a Guitar
201
Rebellion
214
The Grand Inquisitor
223
For a While a Very Obscure One
240
Its Always Worth While Speaking to a Clever Man
248
The Russian Monk
256
27
282
Conversations and Exhortations of Father Zosima
285
Alyosha
299
A Critical Moment
309
Cana of Galilee
329
Mitya
334
Lyagavy
342
The First and Rightful Lover
384
Delirium
398
The Preliminary Investigation
411
Ivan
522
The Injured Foot
530
A Little Demon
538
A Hymn and a Secret
544
The First Interview with Smerdyakov
560
The Second Visit to Smerdyakov
568
37
571
The Third and Last Interview with Smerdyakov
576
The Devil Ivans Nightmare
589
It Was He Who Said That
605
A Judicial Error 1 The Fatal Day
610
Dangerous Witnesses
615
The Medical Experts and a Pound of Nuts
623
Fortune Smiles on Mitya
628
A Sudden Catastrophe
636
The Prosecutors Speech Sketches of Character
644
A Historical Survey
652
A Treatise on Smerdyakov
656
The Galloping Troika The End of the Prosecutors Speech
663
The Speech for the Defense An Argument That Cuts Both Ways
673
There Was No Money There Was No Robbery
676
And There Was No Murder Either
681
A Corrupter of Thought
688
The Peasants Stand Firm
694
Plans for Mityas Escape
700
For a Moment the Lie Becomes Truth
704
Ilyushas Funeral The Speech at the Stone
710
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With his sympathetic portrayals of the downtrodden of 19th-century Russian society, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881) exercised immense influence on modern writers. His novels featured profound philosophical and psychological insights that anticipated the development of psychoanalysis and existentialism.

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