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5.0 out of 5 stars Please Read Before You Buy, 20 July 2010
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M. Dowden (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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If you are thinking of buying this particular edition then please bear in mind the following. Apart from the originally supressed chapter, which has been translated and added by Richard Nicholson the rest of the story was translated by Constance Garnett. Constance Garnett can be considered as one of the people who brought Russian literature to the masses, both here and in the US. However she worked quite quickly and if she didn't understand a word or phrase she would just omit it. Admittedly the jist of the story is the same but there are newer and more accurate translations on the market.Devils (Oxford World's Classics) or The Devils: (The Possessed) (Penguin Classics) may be better if you are looking for a copy to study. The introduction here is by A. D. P. Briggs, and is very informative, but alas there are no notes in this edition, and I should warn you that there are French phrases and expressions here and no English traslation for them.

Anyway now that is out of the way lets get to the actual story. Some say that The Brothers Karamazov is Dostoevsky's ultimate masterpiece, whereas others say that this book is. Personally of the two, I have always preferred this one, but then again I love black comedies, which this most definitely is. Like Conrad and his The Secret Agent, Dostoevsky used a real event to base his novel on. In this case a Russian who was kiled when he tried to leave the small revolutionary group that he had originally joined. With something like over fifty characters here Dostoevsky shows us some truly strange people, who lets face it are nuts. Taking in both sides of the political situation you are given an overview of what was happening in Russia at the time, and as we all know this discontent eventually led to the events of the Bolsheviks seizing control in the early 20th century.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Devilishly brilliant, 26 Sep 2013
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Humorous, farcical, horrifying, politically prophetical, with philosophy and farce raised to heights of genius and Dostoevsky writing at the peak of his powers. An excellent translation, specially valuable for the inclusion of the confession in the chapter 'At Tihon's'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it, 31 Dec 2013
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It is an interesting book and I dare to say that reflect our days.I recomand to everyone.I am very satisfied.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 12 May 2014
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I've not read this book yet but for the price you get a lot of pages. It's meant to be a classic. This beats rubbish blue rays of superhero films any day.
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