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The Brothers Karamazov (Norton Critical Editions) [Paperback]

Fyodor Dostoevsky , Susan Mcreynolds Oddo
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27 May 2011 0393926338 978-0393926330 2nd Revised edition
This second edition is based on a significantly revised translation by Susan McReynolds. It is accompanied by a detailed introduction, a pronunciation and explanation key for the novel's main characters, and greatly revised and expanded explanatory annotations.

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  • Paperback: 812 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 2nd Revised edition edition (27 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393926338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393926330
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow in 1821, the second of a physician's seven children. His mother died in 1837 and his father was murdered a little over two years later. When he left his private boarding school in Moscow he studied from 1838 to 1843 at the Military Engineering College in St Petersburg, graduating with officer's rank. His first story to be published, 'Poor Folk' (1846), was a great success.

In 1849 he was arrested and sentenced to death for participating in the 'Petrashevsky circle'; he was reprieved at the last moment but sentenced to penal servitude, and until 1854 he lived in a convict prison at Omsk, Siberia. In the decade following his return from exile he wrote The Village of Stepanchikovo (1859) and The House of the Dead (1860). Whereas the latter draws heavily on his experiences in prison, the former inhabits a completely different world, shot through with comedy and satire.

In 1861 he began the review Vremya (Time) with his brother; in 1862 and 1863 he went abroad, where he strengthened his anti-European outlook, met Mlle Suslova, who was the model for many of his heroines, and gave way to his passion for gambling. In the following years he fell deeply in debt, but in 1867 he married Anna Grigoryevna Snitkina (his second wife), who helped to rescue him from his financial morass. They lived abroad for four years, then in 1873 he was invited to edit Grazhdanin (The Citizen), to which he contributed his Diary of a Writer. From 1876 the latter was issued separately and had a large circulation. In 1880 he delivered his famous address at the unveiling of Pushkin's memorial in Moscow; he died six months later in 1881. Most of his important works were written after 1864: Notes from Underground (1864), Crime and Punishment (1865-6), The Gambler (1866), The Idiot (1869), The Devils (1871) and The Brothers Karamazov (1880).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one! 17 Feb 2014
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Excellent translation, excellent notes, excellent essays. What more could anyone want? One essay, "The God of Onions" by Morson should be carved in stone!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you're looking for the 2nd Norton Edition, with new translation 7 April 2010
By Rock Sedan - Published on Amazon.com
I just want to alert readers: This page is for the Second Norton Critical Edition, which is a new translation. However, *all* of the comments and reviews below are for other translations and editions, and the "Look Inside" feature shows a completely different translation and edition.

Just so you know.

Amazon: Get with it, guys. I was wondering when you were going to get so big you could not handle the simple stuff. Here you go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, very readable translation. 17 July 2011
By Maldoror - Published on Amazon.com
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A commenter on an earlier review of this translation said: "I'm over 200 pages into this particular edition so far and it's truly spectacular. Wonderful translation. I highly, highly recommend it. The ease of reading is phenomenal and it seems to retain the voice and underlying nuances that Dostoevsky intended."

I completely agree. The translation is very readable, and the explanatory notes are clear (and formatted as footnotes, not endnotes, so you don't need to keep flipping back and forth).

Highly recommend this translation of a great book.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Norton Critical Edition (Second Edition) 20 Dec 2011
By Stephen Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
This is a review of the Norton Critical Edition (Second Edition) of The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, translated by Constance Garnett, and revised by Ralph Matlaw and Susan Oddo. This is an excellent edition of this wonderful and profound novel. I treasure this book. It is well-designed and finely printed on excellent paper. I did not find a single misprint. The footnotes were helpful. The translation is very readable. This edition, which was purchased for me from Amazon.com, arrived quickly in perfect condition.

The Norton Edition also contains many useful extras such as an introduction by the editor, several scholarly articles on the novel, a Dostoevsky time-line.

If you are planning on reading The Brothers Karamazov I recommend this edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent translation yields a great read. 13 Oct 2011
By robert johnston - Published on Amazon.com
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This was my second reading and separated by at least 30 years. Either I've become a better reader or this new translation is special. If you're a Dostoevsky fan from an older reading and you are considering a revisit of the masterpiece, this translation simply raises the story to a new level.

I hope you enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good edition and good critical essays, but strange physical properties 31 Jan 2013
By wil3 - Published on Amazon.com
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This edition is well-translated and has an excellent assortment of relevant critical essays.

The publisher seems to have cheaped out on the paper, which is diaphanous and waxy. This makes it very hard to annotate pages. Additionally, the font used is rather difficult to read, and it contains a lot of strange ligatures and serifs the I found distracting.
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