The Brothers Karamazov

(Great books of the Western World, v. 52)

The Brothers Karamazov (Hardcover, 1986, William Benton (Encyclopædia Britannica))

Hardcover, 412 pages

English language

Published July 10, 1986 by William Benton (Encyclopædia Britannica).


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The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky’s crowning achievement, is a tale of patricide and family rivalry that embodies the moral and spiritual dissolution of an entire society (Russia in the 1870s). It created a national furor comparable only to the excitement stirred by the publication, in 1866, of Crime and Punishment. To Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov captured the quintessence of Russian character in all its exaltation, compassion, and profligacy. Significantly, the book was on Tolstoy’s bedside table when he died. Readers in every language have since accepted Dostoevsky’s own evaluation of this work and have gone further by proclaiming it one of the few great novels of all ages and countries. ([source][1])

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