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The Brothers Karamazov (1880)

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel, The Karamazov Brothers (1880) is both a brilliantly told crime story and a passionate philosophical debate. The dissolute landowner Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov is murdered; his sons--the atheist intellectual Ivan, the hot-blooded Dmitry, and the saintly novice Alyosha--are all involved at some level. Brilliantly bound up with this psychological drama is Dostoevsky's intense and disturbing exploration of many deeply felt ideas about the existence of God, freedom of will, the collective nature of guilt, and the disastrous consequences of rationalism. Filled with eloquent voices, this new translation fully realizes the power and dramatic virtuosity of Dostoevsky's most brilliant work.… (more)
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O interesse central de Dostoiévski é sondar as profundezas da alma humana, seus momentos de horror e luz. O conflito entre o bem e o mal, entre o centrado em Deus e o centrado no homem, é seu grande e permanente tema.

O romance começa com alguns capítulos que descrevem o nascimento dos três filhos (de dois casamentos). Após esse prelúdio importante, que também descreve os primeiros anos dos filhos, surge então uma amarga discussão sobre a herança do filho mais velho que ocorre em um mosteiro.

Todos os três irmãos legítimos estão presentes, o mais novo Alyosha, como novato, esperando seu pai substituto, o mais velho Zosima, a quem foi solicitado que opinasse sobre a controvérsia e, Ivan, o irmão do meio, um intelectual melancólico que escreveu um artigo notório sobre o sistema de tribunais eclesiásticos, um artigo que, mesmo em sua notável ambiguidade, aparentemente confunde os papéis de igreja e estado, e Dmitri, o irmão mais velho, que veio exigir seu patrimônio, que, ao que parece, ele já desperdiçou. E depois há Fyodor, o pai, um homem bufão, mas perspicaz, que zomba de Deus e de homens.

Dostoiévski apresenta uma declaração chave na reunião altamente carregada que conduzirá a ação subsequente do romance. É relatado na conversa que Ivan declarou em uma reunião local, predominantemente de mulheres que se não houver imortalidade, todas as coisas serão permitidas.

Ele pega uma proposta querida aos corações dos secularistas, uma reivindicação, que equivale à liberalização da doutrina cristã e a leva à sua conclusão lógica. Sem a vida após a morte e, pois essa é a essência da questão, sem o próprio Deus, quem deve dizer que não devemos descer ao canibalismo? Está tudo permitido?

Fyodor declara que, se não há Deus, como de fato ele acredita provável, a decapitação é boa demais para os monges que sustentam o progresso. Que “a verdade resulte”, ele zomba. Ivan, que vê a Igreja como uma ferramenta útil, responde: “Mas se essa verdade resplandecer, você será o primeiro a ser roubado e depois. . . abolida ". Palavras arrepiantes.

O objetivo real do mundo moderno, que Dostoiévski viu nos racionalistas da Europa Ocidental, é a abolição da Paternidade suprema, do próprio Deus. A ilusão que se seguiu, realizada magnificamente no "poema" de Ivan sobre o "Grande Inquisidor", mas também nos credos de personagens menores, está na convicção de que o homem pode viver uma vida humana sem Deus, como diz o oportunista Rakitin, de liberdade, igualdade, fraternidade. A loucura da alegação é revelada à medida que a trama se desenrola.

Oposto à doutrina de que todas as coisas são permitidas está a humilde crença do padre Zosima de que todos são culpados perante o mundo e que, portanto, todos são responsáveis. O reconhecimento do pecado de uma pessoa, o peso dos outros e o amor ativo do próximo se combinarão existencialmente para convencer até o incrédulo na realidade absoluta de Deus e na vida eterna. Não se busca provas; alguém age de maneira semelhante a Cristo. ( )
  Marcos_Augusto | Sep 17, 2021 |
I guess I'm a Tolstoy boy. ( )
  tonberrysc | Aug 20, 2021 |
I was hoping to enjoy this more than I did. I think it's just that some parts of the story weren't as intriguing to me as others. If anyone has recommendations of a retelling, I'd definitely be interested. ( )
  SarahRita | Aug 11, 2021 |
Fiction
  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
K.
  18cran | Aug 8, 2021 |
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Dostoevsky, Fyodorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anhava, MarttiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bazzarelli, EridanoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brockway, HarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davidson, FrederickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eichenberg, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eng, Jan van derTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fondse, MarkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Garnett, ConstanceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Geier, SwetlanaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kosloff, A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Langeveld, ArthurTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
MacAndrew, Andrew H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Magarshack, DavidTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maugham, W. SomersetEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McDuff, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mochulsky, KonstantinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mongault, HenriTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nötzel, KarlTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pevear, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Polledro, AlfredoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prina, SerenaEditor and Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pyykkö, LeaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rogers, T. N. R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rudzik, O.H.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sales, JoanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Volokhonsky, LarissaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yarmolinsky, AvrahmIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Verily, verily, I say unto, you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringth forth much fruit.
— John 12:24
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Tillägnas Anna Grigorjevna Dostojevskaja
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Alexey Fyodorovich Karamazov was the third son of Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, a landowner well known in our district in his own day, and still remembered among us owing to his tragic and obscure death, which happened just thirteen years ago, and of which I shall speak in its proper place. (Garnett, 1912)
Aleksei Fyodorovich Karamazov was the third son of Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, a landowner of our district, extremely well known in his time (and to this day still remembered in these parts) on account of his violent and mysterious death exactly thirteen years ago, the circumstances of which I shall relate in due course. (Avsey 1994)
Alexey Fyodorovitch Karamazov was the third son of Fyodor Pavlovitch Karamazov, a landowner well known in our district in his own day, and still remembered among us owing to his gloomy and tragic death, which happened thirteen years ago, and which I shall describe in its proper place. (Garnett, Great Books, 1952)
Alexei Fyodorovich Karamazov was the third son of a landowner from our district, Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, well known in his own 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. (Pevear/Volokhonsky, 1990)
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Very well then - tell me the truth, squash me like a cockroach.
(McDuff,1993)
In schools children are a tribe without mercy.
(McDuff, 1993)
I have, as it were, torn my soul in half before you, and you have taken advantage of it and are rummaging with your fingers in both halves along the torn place...O God!
(McDuff, 1993)
I'm a Karamazov - when I fall into the abyss, I go straight into it, head down and heels up . . . 
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Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel, The Karamazov Brothers (1880) is both a brilliantly told crime story and a passionate philosophical debate. The dissolute landowner Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov is murdered; his sons--the atheist intellectual Ivan, the hot-blooded Dmitry, and the saintly novice Alyosha--are all involved at some level. Brilliantly bound up with this psychological drama is Dostoevsky's intense and disturbing exploration of many deeply felt ideas about the existence of God, freedom of will, the collective nature of guilt, and the disastrous consequences of rationalism. Filled with eloquent voices, this new translation fully realizes the power and dramatic virtuosity of Dostoevsky's most brilliant work.

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Tre fratelli con caratteri molto diversi: uno orgoglioso e sensuale, uno razionale fino all'eccesso e uno sinceramente religioso; un figlio illegittimo malato ed emarginato ed un padre avaro e crudele, odiato e disprezzato da tutti.
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Sad Russian people
griping about God and stuff.
Wish Dad was still here.
(LeBoeuf)

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