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If you haven't read Brothers Karamazov by perhaps one of the greatest writers of all time Dostoevsky, here is a part, a story within a story, that will (I'm guessing) give you the needed push to run as fast as you can to the nearest library. Enjoy one of the greatest masterpieces of a brilliant mind of Dostoevsky!


I would love to hear opinions and impressions :)

I have read The Brothers Karamazov several times (Constance Garnett translation once, and the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation since it came out). There are so many interwoven stories. I remember first reading it in high school and thoroughly loving the intellectual banter at the trial, while glossing over most of Zosima's esoteric Christian humanism. Now, I skim the trial with chuckles for Dostoevsky's disdain for medical expertise. Zosima and the schoolboys are the highlight of my readings these days.

The Grand Inquisitor story is too frighteningly close to home.

Dostoevsky is my big love, I have read The Idiot, Crime and Punishment, the Gambler, Humiliated and Insulted, and I also watched the play based based on the Uncle's Dream. I started reading The Brothers Karamazov but it felt a bit harder the rest of his works I am familiar with. Perhaps the time isn't right but I need to submit an essay covering the moral problems of this book by September. Usually I love Russian literature but this particular book, similar to Master and Margarita doesn't seem right for me. Maybe I'm too young for it, or maybe the translation is poor (which I honestly doubt), or maybe I cannot enjoy the reading when I HAVE TO do it. I would be grateful if you could point out 3-5 main moral problems raised in this novel. Thank you!

I also like Dostoevsky, my favorite poem isĀ Poor people - the first novel by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky. The book is simple - and painful in its simplicity.