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  • Hardcover: 796 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman; New Ed edition (1 May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857150708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857150704
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 13.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[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 to us a work we thought we knew, subtly altered and so made new again."--Donald Fanger, "Washington Post Book World"
"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 translation--beginning to come home to the English-speaking reader." --John Bayley, "The 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
"Far and away the best translation of Dostoevsky into English that I have seen . . . faithful . . . extremely readable . . . gripping."--Sidney Monas, University of Texas


[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 to us a work we thought we knew, subtly altered and so made new again. "Donald Fanger, Washington Post Book World"

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 translation--beginning to come home to the English-speaking reader. "John Bayley, The 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"

Far and away the best translation of Dostoevsky into English that I have seen . . . faithful . . . extremely readable . . . gripping. "Sidney Monas, University of Texas"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'In this new translation one finally gets the musical whole of Dostoevsky's original' New York Times Book Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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I first read The Brothers Karamazov when I was about 14, and ever since it has remained one of my favourites. I got the Pevear version from my local library, read and loved it, and then got it out again to read a year later. A few years later I bought a different translation, but found it incredibly dull by comparison. I've always gone for the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation when available, with no regrets.
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THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, which is one of Dostoyevsky's all time best, perhaps the best, adds to make him perhaps the best writer of all times. The author came up with so many great ideas and characters that are so real to life even in their complex emotions and rationales that we relate to the characters as if we are in their heads. In the end, not only do we have a great story, we are also left with a beautifully written work of political, psychological, sociological, ethical and psychological thought that is very true not only to Russia, but to other lands and peoples as well.

The greatest soul writer of all times and great contributor to human psychology successfully created a beautiful and amazing dynamism between the Karamazov brothers that has been the core of many stories after involving siblings. There is the unreliable father, the old Fyodor Karamazov whose life dominates his sons and whose death casts a huge shadow on their future.

Sensual Alyosha who is the youngest of the Karamazov brothers is the main character of the story, and he is noted for his strong faith in god and humanity, deep kindness and sense of sacrifice.

Ivan the atheist has a sharp mind and is the critical analyzer who seeks for meaning in everything. He is skeptical and dwells more on rationale in his dealing with people and issues. In the end, his intellectual mind misleads him and opens the doors to the nightmares in his life.

Dmitry is the sensitive brother who has a strong consideration for anything living, Smerdyakov their half-brother, is the cunning illegitimate son of old Fyodor Karamazov and works as Fyodor's servant.
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A unique book that leaves you with some of the most memorable characters and images you will ever find in a novel. Besides the main plot, which gets quite wild at times, it also reaches into the 'accursed questions'; God, human destiny, the future of Russia, Brexit (Okay, the last one's not true). May occasionally be slightly hard-going but it can also be quite awesome, and it's well worth the effort. I think that everyone should read it at least once in their lifetime.
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I kept this book on my shelf for 3 years before reading it, but once I did, I finished it in less then a week. Dostoyevsky has incredible insights on socialism, philosophy, religion and society, most that are still relevant today. It is easy to see how Camus and Sartre were influenced by it, and there were passages also that reminded me of Huxley's Brave New World, especially about the englightened few controlling the masses.
Above all else however, this is an enjoyable whodunnit. An excellent crime novel centring round the three Karamazov brothers; Dmitri, Ivan and Alyosha and their wayward father, Fyodor. All the human emotions are here - love, hatred, jealousy, bitterness, and although Tolstoy may be the master of relationships, no-one can draw out the tension like Dostoevsky.
I was intimidated by the sheer size and reputatio of this, but it is one of the best books I have ever read, and I would wholeheartedly recommend it.
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The translations by Pevear and Volokhonsky are by far the best that I've ever read of Russian literature. This review's negativity is in NO way directed at the content of the book, which is amazing, nor at the quality of the translation, which is (in my opinion) the best out there for Brothers K.

Unfortunately, the publisher has not matched the quality of the words with the quality of his binding. The paper is particularly low quality, and will become yellow and brittle in no time, and I'm particularly worried about the spine cracking, since this book is too thick for a cheap (dare I say somewhat shoddy?) "perfect bound" spine. I suppose I should have expected this low quality for the similar low price, but I was still extremely disappointed in the physical quality of the book.

If you're looking for a copy to read again and again, perhaps this edition will not hold out on you, and you should look for a better-bound copy of the SAME translation by Pevear and Volokhonsky. If, however, you're looking for a cheap one-time read that may very well begin to fall apart before you're finished, this is the book for you.
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I found the first third of this book rather tedious. It is a kind of jaunty romp based around the three brothers and their father. I was tempted to think in terms of a nineteenth century soap opera! The language is also disappointingly dull - the translators here seem to get good press so I am a little confused, although I have been around long enough to know that the professional fraternity are good at congratulating themselves. Having enjoyed Crime and Punishment I was expecting better than this I have to say.
However, quite suddenly when we get to book V there is a marked change and we leave behind the frivolity for more dark and uncomfortable material. Here we find the much visited `The Grand Inquisitor`. The language is not what I would describe as accessible. But then this is Dostoyevsky. I imagine that this would have been seen as controversial literature in its day, maybe still is, and it should be noted that the author did once narrowly escape execution for his deviations and remained under surveillance for much of his life.
Book VI is comprised entirely of one large digression from the story as Alyosha relays stories of the life of the Elder Zosima who is the head monk and nearing the end of his life. I am reminded here of the writings of Michel de Montaigne with an emphasis on the spiritual and on matters philosophical.
It is not until we get to book VIII that we return to the story proper and we are now half way through the tome. The pace quickens and things become entertaining, thank goodness! Further on we are taken on another excursion in to the arcane as Ivan Karamazov is visited by a ghost in a dream - his alter ego?
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