The Brothers Karamasov is a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs involving the “wicked and sentimental” Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his three sons—the impulsive and sensual Dmitri; the coldly rational Ivan; and the healthy, red-cheeked young novice Alyosha. Through the gripping events of their story, Dostoevsky portrays the whole of Russian life, is social and spiritual striving, in what was both the golden age and a tragic turning point in Russian culture.
This award-winning translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky remains true to the verbal
inventiveness of Dostoevsky’s prose, preserving the multiple voices, the humor, and the surprising modernity of the original. It is an achievement worthy of Dostoevsky’s last and greatest novel.
Widely considered to be the first existential novella, Notes from Underground presents the diary of a bitter, misanthropic man. The unnamed narrator has, in an act of supreme defiance, withdrawn from society completely. Formerly a civil servant, this “sick” and “wicked” man suffers from incurable ennui and forsakes all interaction. Rallying against what he perceives as human evils, like war, love, and utopianism, he exiles himself from all humanity in favor of exalted loneliness and suffering. Readers bear witness to the friends, lovers, and crippling social pressures of nineteenth-century Russia that made him this way.
Notes from Underground, which preceded masterworks including Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, is among Dostoevsky’s finest works, melding fiction and philosophy.
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Here you will find the complete novels of Fyodor Dostoyevsky in the chronological order of their original publication.
- Poor Folk
- The Double
- The Landlady
- Netochka Nezvanova
- The Village of Stepanchikovo
- Uncle's Dream
- The Insulted and the Injured
- The House of the Dead
- Notes from Underground
- Crime and Punishment
- The Gambler
- The Idiot
- The Eternal Husband
- The Adolescent
- The Brothers Karamazov
This acclaimed new translation of Dostoyevsky’s “psychological record of a crime” gives his dark masterpiece of murder and pursuit a renewed vitality, expressing its jagged, staccato urgency and fevered atmosphere as never before. Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders alone through the slums of St. Petersburg, deliriously imagining himself above society’s laws. But when he commits a random murder, only suffering ensues. Embarking on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer the chance of redemption.
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Crime and Punishment is considered by many as the first of Dostoevsky's cycle of great novels, which would culminate with his last completed work, The Brothers Karamazov, shortly before his death.
"‘The Brothers Karamazov’ made a deep impression on me..." —James Joyce
"Dostoyevsky is the only psychologist from whom I have anything to learn." —Friedrich Nietzsche
"‘The Brothers Karamazov’ is maybe the greatest novel of all time." —Walker Percy
"Dostoyevsky is one who has not only influenced me a lot, but that I have got a great deal of pleasure out of reading." —William Faulkner
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky is regarded as one of the finest Russian authors of the modern era. The Brothers Karamazov was Dostoevsky's final novel, and considered by many to be his greatest. This audiobook edition of the classic is translated by Constance Garnett.
An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:
John de Lancie as Ivan Karamazov
Sharon Gless as Grushenka
Arye Gross as Alyosha Karamazov
Harry Hamlin as Dmitry Karamazov
Kaitlin Hopkins as Katerina
Joseph Mascolo as Fyodor
Richard Hoyt Miller as Miusov/Waiter/Mussyalovich/Judge Sergeant
John Randolph as Zossima/Visitor
John Rubinstein as Smerdyakov
Tom Virtue as Father Joseph/Pawnbroker/Vrublevsky/Prosecutor/Coachman
Ping Wu as Rakitin/Father Paissy/Innkeeper/Defense Attorney
Directed by David Fishelson. Recorded before a live audience at the Guest Quarters Suite Hotel, Santa Monica in June of 1994.
"White Nights" is the third major Dostoyevsky short story everyone should read, "A Faint Heart" and "The Christmas Tree & Wedding" being the other two. This is a series of Winesburg, Ohio like moments where a woman and man meet accidentally on the First Night; proceed to meet again on the Second and Third, almost fall in love, and at the last minute the former lover of the woman returns to take her away. But, the point is the man had a moment, a glorious moment, for the first time in his life when he had something special. Was that enough? That is the final question the author leaves us with.
The Gambler is a short novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky about a young tutor in the employment of a formerly wealthy Russian general.
The novella reflects Dostoevsky's own addiction to roulette, which was in more ways than one the inspiration for the book: Dostoevsky completed the novella under a strict deadline so he could pay off gambling debts.
An Author's Republic audio production.