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The Brothers Karamazov: A Novel in Four Parts With Epilogue [Kindle Edition]

Fyodor Dostoevsky , Richard Pevear , Larissa Volokhonsky
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The award-winning translation of Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel.

Editorial Reviews


“[Dostoevsky is] at once the most literary and compulsively readable of novelists we continue to regard as great . . . The Brothers Karamazov stands as the culmination of his art–his last, longest, richest, and most capacious book. [This] scrupulous rendition can only be welcomed. It returns us to a work we thought we knew, subtly altered and so made new again.” –Washington Post Book World

“A miracle . . . Every page of the new Karamazov is a permanent standard, and an inspiration.” –The Times (London)

“One finally gets the musical whole of Dostoevsky’s original.” –New York Times Book Review

“Absolutely faithful . . . Fulfills in remarkable measure most of the criteria for an ideal translation . . . The stylistic accuracy and versatility of registers used . . . bring out the richness and depth of the original in a way similar to a faithful and sensitive restoration of a painting.” –The Independent

“It may well be that Dostoevsky’s [world], with all its resourceful energies of life and language, is only now–and through the medium of [this] new translation–beginning to come home to the English-speaking reader.” –New York Review of Books

“Heartily recommended to any reader who wishes to come as close to Dostoevsky’s Russian as it is possible.” –Joseph Frank, Princeton University

With an Introduction by Malcolm V. Jones

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian

Product Details

  • File Size: 1417 KB
  • Print Length: 825 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0865474222
  • Publisher: North Point Press (June 14, 2002)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZM10OE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,178 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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159 of 170 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It slowly changed my life. It's still haunting me. July 27, 2000
I think I am going to read this wonderful book again. There is so much life and passion in it, that reading it again will definitely enrich my soul even further.
I want to tell you how this novel changed my life. It was recommended to me by a Russian Orthodox priest who considered it the best source of Russian Orthodox spirituality in literature. So I read it. I read it because at the time I was striving to become a true Orthodox Christian myself. The result, however, turned out the opposite: I lost any faith I ever had in the truth of the Church and all its dogmas. This book gave me an idea that if there is God, it is certainly not what we are taught He is.
I think that in this work Dostoevsky reached the very height of what I would call "a war with oneself". He created this unforgettable contrast between what he wanted to believe (and, indeed believed at times) and what he actually was going through in his spiritual search, which were probably indescribable spiritual torments of doubt. I now have this indelible image of Ivan confiding in Alesha, arguing with Satan and, at last, denying God himself in his search for the truth. It was he, who stirred my whole being and it was Dostoevsky himself speaking through Ivan with the most profound sincerety and desperation.
On the opposite, Dostoevsky introduces Alyosha, who didn't doubt, but just loved and believed. This young man, according to Dostoevsky's plan, is a prototype of Jesus Christ himself, a man in whom the truth is open within, a man through whom one can truly feel God's love. It is a fascinating character, although, Dostoevsky depicts him in the light of Christian Orthodoxy, as an example of TRUE spirituality, as opposed to any other spirituality.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beating heart of world literature. February 21, 2000
There are few words to describe this towering achievement: Magnificent. Chilling. Overwhelming. Ferocious. Intense. Uplifting. Dostoevsky's masterpiece, published just months before his death, is the single greatest book I have ever read. Every book I'd encountered is just a pale shadow of this one, for it contains everything the human heart holds dear. What I truly love about this book is its depiction of human suffering and evil--why, even the Devil himself makes an appearance, as an old Frenchman who engages atheist Karamazov brother Ivan in a philosophical discussion. The Devil takes the old Latin phrase, "I am human, therefore nothing human is alien to me" and changes it to: "I am Satan, therefore nothing human is alien to me." My blood runs cold at the perfection of that. And Ivan himself says to his young Christian brother Alyosha: "I believe that if the Devil exists, man created him in his own image." These are some of the truest, most profound words ever spoken.

But the story! Oh, what a tangled, complex, gripping tale we have of murder, jealousy, lust, anger, and guilt! Dostoevsky knew how to spin a murder mystery, that's for sure. The genius of this book (and many of Dostoevksy's) is that it is utterly contemporary--its intensity translates well to today's world; in many ways the violence and psychological torment here is comparable to a Martin Scorsese film (the filmmaker has indeed invoked the great writer's name on several occasions). While I was reading this book, the OJ Simpson trial was in full force, and it paralleled the book's penultimate chapters in the Russian courts. All of Russian society was there, and fascinated by what the murder of Fyodor Karamazov, the father, said about Russia at the turn of the century.
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69 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Novel, My Favorite Translation September 11, 2002
The Pevear/Volokhonsky translation of this the greatest novel ever written (pace Henry James) has been justly praised by eminent Dostoevsky scholars who, presumably, read Russian. I do not. But I have read this in another translation and have since gone on to read this teams other translations. I recommend them to anyone as the versions to get. The particular thing I like most is the prose style which emphasizes the ironically comic nature of this novel's narration and characters. The Brothers Karamazov are some of the most *intensely intense* and violent and unpredictable and spiritually tortured a group of boys you're likely ever to meet in literature. The Pevear-Volokhonsky's have rendered this most effectively. The Everyman's library is an attractive alternative to the excellent paperback. It's got that classic, cloth cover look at an excellent price. The softcover version is good too, if a little wieldy. Highest recommendation.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTY WILL SAVE THE WORLD February 7, 2001
The Brothers Karamazov is one of the greatest books on earth. A murder mystery interwoven with at least four love-triangles, it explores dysfunctional families, the nature of God, erotic lacerations, the devil, and the human soul. Travelling through the Brothers Karamazov can be as gloriously dangerous as travelling through Russia. I've taught this book six times at Shimer College, and every year a portion of the class undergoes spiritual, erotic, and/or intellectual transformations. Several young Shimer women have fallen deeply in love with Alyosha Karamazov; his passionate purity is something many women want.
The three (or are there four?) Karamazov brothers are wildly deep characters who may seem to allegorize the body, mind, and soul as they carouse, grieve, ruminate, love, and entangle themselves in family problems more complex than Oedipus'. Your soul's weirdest demons may pale in comparison to the devils herein, but even demons can be transfigured by the indestructible love of Father Zosima, Alyosha's spiritual teacher. Will all things eventually be forgiven? Shall we ask forgiveness of the birds? The rhetorician Kenneth Burke said that literature is "equipment for living." This book can be more useful than a deluxe Swiss army knife when you're castaway in a wilderness of suffering or global injustice. Though the Constance Garnett translation is the one that saved my life I highly applaud Pevear and Volokhonsky's grasp of the book's exaggerated earthiness. They've captured the absurdity of the crazy Karamazov world without making it unduly ironic. I roared with delight when I first read this edition! Their prose flows; they have a great sense of story line.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great novel, small print...
I give this edition only three stars because the print was very, very small. Fortunately, Amazon gave me an immediate refund. Read more
Published 22 days ago by C. R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest novel of all time?
The best translation, hands down. How do you get better than a husband and wife, native English speaker and native Russian speaker? You don't. Read more
Published 22 days ago by lifeguardpat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best book ever
Published 29 days ago by Alejandro Mireles
2.0 out of 5 stars This particular translation is unreadable. I"m going back to ...
This particular translation is unreadable. I"m going back to the Garnett version. Nabokov may have been very critical of the Garnett version, but he also admitted (in an... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Khandallah
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Such a beautiful story of madness, though it is quite long.
Published 3 months ago by Risa Teshigahara
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic translation - highly recommended.
Published 3 months ago by art m
5.0 out of 5 stars How can we possibly judge what is in a person's heart?
I wonder what inspired Dostoyevsky to write this novel? During the trial it is mentioned that there was a woman in St. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dan Harlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Life
The Brothers Karamazov Isn't an easy reading, but I would say it's a wonderful book worthy of one's time and effort.
Published 3 months ago by D. Doolittle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great edition
Published 3 months ago by juampi
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great translation of Brothers Karamazov
This is a great translation of Brothers Karamazov. It is very readable and not cumbersome as some others are.
Published 3 months ago by frgjkenney
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