By Dennis Abrams
“Alexi Fyodorovich Karamazov was the third son of a landowner from our district, Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, well known in his day (and still remembered among us) because of his dark and tragic death, which happened exactly thirteen years ago and which I shall speak of in its proper place.”
And so begins our journey into Fyodor Dostoevsky’s undisputed masterpiece, The Brothers Karamazov; the final stop on our exploration of his novels at Project D. It’s an experience not to be missed, as biographer Joseph Frank explains,
“The Divine Comedy, Paradise Lost, King Lear, Faust –- these are the titles that come to mind as one tries to measure the stature of The Brothers Karamazov, for these too grapple with the never-ending and never-to-be-ended argument aroused by the ‘accursed questions’ of mankind’s destiny.’”
But by building his novel around basic human drives – lust, jealousy, greed, love, and murder – Dostoevsky somehow makes his monumental philosophical novel into a terrific read as well, making it perhaps the summer novel to end all summer novels.
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