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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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The Brothers Karamazov

129 ratings, 26 reviews

The Brothers Karamazov (1880) is Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky's final, and perhaps most masterful novel. It is a deeply passionate and philosophical novel that delves into the difficult terrain of free will, morality, faith, doubt, and reason, with an ever-modernizing Russia as its setting. The Brothers Karamazov has influenced a wide range of figures, including Freud, Kafka, Einstein, and Pope Benedict XVI, and is regarded by many as the Best Book Ever Written. It took him two years to write, and Dostoyevsky had intended it to be an epic trilogy, but he died less than four months after it was published.

The narrative itself contains different perspectives which are embodied in its main characters: the four brothers Karamazov who are the spoiled materialist Dimitri, the tortured intellectual Ivan, the (illegitimate), cruel and meddling Smerdyakov, and the kindly, spiritual Alyosha, who is the Dostoevsky's hero. Each brother represents a different dimension of the Russian spirit, and in some ways a microcosm of the whole of mankind. Some consider this as much a work of philosophy as a novel, but it is also a murder mystery, a courtroom thriller, an examination of corruption, religious institutions, and a satire of human corruption.

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Maureen Buck

May 16, 2014

The most amazing book that i have ever read. I have been av avid reader for 60 years.


Jasmine Kooks

May 16, 2014

I dont like the cover because my favourite animal is a cat and it is a cat which is hung... Sad face


Rose Roberson

February 09, 2014

I'm kind of hesitant to read it because of the cover... A hanged kitty... 0_0


Bujor Imbroane

December 22, 2013

Not only a masterpiece of classical literature, this book is also beautifully read. I recommend downloading the book, so to follow the reading.


Mohamed Saeed

October 17, 2013



Alaina Williford

September 24, 2013

This was a doggy good book


Anna Szyda

September 21, 2013

Reading Dostoyevsky is not merely an aesthetic pleasure; it's food for thought at its best. His meticulous probe into the intricacies of human psyche reveals strickingly poignant truth about the darker side of each of us. This coupled with Dostoyevsky's unshaken Christian beliefs renders the work a New Testament come alive.


David Matthews

August 09, 2013

That man is little to be envied, whose sees no divine sparks in these pages. A sense pf wonder required.


Jonathan Tweedt

July 06, 2013

If anyone who left a 1-star review had actually read the book, they would understand what the cat on the cover is a reference to... There's a good reason this book is considered the pinnacle of western literature.


Jay Parker

June 20, 2013

This is not a book for the simple minded (as u may notice by the comments on all the 1star reviews). But if u read seeking depth on a philosophical and theological level, it doesnt get any deeper then this.


Dr Scott

May 17, 2013

One of the greatest!


Saz Asd

May 15, 2013

This is fucking shit


Gabe Sullivan

May 07, 2013



Michael Gross

February 04, 2013

Have not read it yet notni yave read it already


Skylar Alvey

October 22, 2012

Poor kitty i wont read it because the cover theres a dead kitty cat and i love kitty cats :(


Jackie Juse

September 05, 2012



Gobena Shiferaw

September 04, 2012

Great book


Fernananda Vasquez

August 22, 2012

I love this book


Libby Hollier

July 05, 2012

Great story, but, why put a dead kitty on the front cover?


Melina Domenech

June 12, 2012

Why would they put a poor kitty hanging dead ...


Sitora Abdusalomova

June 09, 2012



Doug Iupati

June 05, 2012

Fantastic novel and it is amazing that despite the great differences in time, language and culture the same basic questions and challenges in life remain!


Herb Weinstein

May 23, 2012

One of the best books ever


Susan Winters

May 09, 2012

Very well written and enjoyable.


Blah Blah

April 16, 2012

Blah blah blah


Mark Rhinard

March 20, 2012

A classic...