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The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Russian novelist and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the darkest recesses of the human heart, together with his unsurpassed moments of illumination, had an immense influence on 20th-century fiction.

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The Brothers Karamazov

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky, in full Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky, Dostoyevsky also spelled Dostoevsky, (born November 11 [October 30, Old Style], 1821, Moscow, Russia—died February 9 [January 28, Old Style], 1881, St. Petersburg), Russian novelist and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the darkest recesses of the human heart. Together with his unsurpassed moments of illumination, had an immense influence on 20th-century fiction.

 

Together, he was regarded as one of the finest novelists who ever lived. Literary modernism, existentialism, and various schools of psychology, theology, and literary criticism have been profoundly shaped by his ideas. His works are often called prophetic. It is so accurately predicted how Russia’s revolutionaries would behave if they came to power. In his time he was also renowned for his activity as a journalist.

 

Novels of Dostoyevsky, revealed a world of paradox, alienation, and prophetic of the major tragic themes of the 20th century.

Major works and their characteristics

Dostoyevsky is best known for his novella Notes. From the Underground and for four long novels, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Possessed, and The Brothers Karamazov.

Each of these works is famous for its psychological profundity, and, indeed, Dostoyevsky is commonly regarded as one of the greatest psychologists in the history of literature. He specialized in the analysis of pathological states of mind that lead to insanity, murder, and suicide and in the exploration of the emotions of humiliation, self-destruction, tyrannical domination, and murderous rage.

These major works  treat timeless and timely issues in philosophy and politics. Psychology and philosophy are closely linked in Dostoyevsky’s portrayals of intellectuals, who “feel ideas” in the depths of their souls. Finally, these novels broke new ground with their experiments in literary form.

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ISBN: 9783593301686
Publisher: Lighthouse Books for Translation and Publishing
Publish Date: 2019
Page Count: 647

“The Brothers Karamazov”

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