By Dennis Abrams
Looking for the perfect summer read? Something that will sweep you away to another time and place, something you can really sink your teeth into, something that’s not another dark and twisted Scandinavian murder mystery? Do I have an idea for you.
Its got murder, an investigation, and a trial. Its got sex. Its got jealousy. Its got atheists, novices, and everything and everyone in between. It’s surprisingly comic. It’s shockingly dark. It’s a look at a nineteenth century Russia in a period of deep transition. It’s a book of joy, but also, in the words of Richard Pevear, filled to the brim “greed, squalor, unredeemed suffering, and a sense of terrifying darkness.” It’s one of the greatest novels ever written. It’s Fyodor Dostoevsky’s masterpiece, The Brothers Karamazov.
At Project D, Publishing Perspectives’ ongoing group-read of Dostoevsky, we’ll be begin our exploration of this monumental work on Monday, June 20th. Is it your typical beach read? Hardly. But by reading it, not only will you treat yourself to a great book with all the basic elements of a beach read, along with a philosophical depth and sweep that James Patterson could only dream of, you’ll also be able to finally read the Russian masterpiece you’ve been meaning to get to for years. But this time, along with my help and the questions and comments of fellow readers from around the world, you’ll be able to check one more book of your “bucket list” of world masterpieces –- and have a great time doing it. I hope you’ll join us.
We’ll be using the Pevear/Volkonhosky translation, which can be purchased here.