THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV
A drama of parricide and intense family rivalry, this book is Dostoyevsky`s acknowledged masterpiece.
It tells the story of the murder of a depraved landowner, Fyodor Karamazov, and the ensuing investigation and trial,concentrating on the parts played by Karamazov`s three sons, Mitya, Ivan and Alyosha. Ivan is a revolutionary intellectual, while the young novice Alyosha is, according to Dostoyevskys, the novel`s hero. It is Mitya`s passion for two women that contributes to disaster, and it is he who inwardly accepts the guilt of his father`s murderer. In unfolding the fates of the Karamazovs, Dostoyevsky creates a tragedy of Shakespearian force and vividness. A story that embodies the disintegration of a whole society, Russia in the 1870s. This book is the culmination of his work, enduring in its vitality, masterly inventiveness and vision.