Dostoevsky's final and greatest novel is the story of Fyodor Karamazov and his sons Alyosha, Dmitri, and Ivan. Each brother struggles to define spirituality on his own terms: Alyosha as an unsullied idealist, Dmitri as an insatiable sensualist, and Ivan as a chilly intellectual. When their loutish father is brutally murdered and Dmitri himself stands accused, these disparate approaches to life come in conflict.
Driven by intense, uncontrollable emotions of rage and revenge, they all become involved in the brutal murder of their despicable father. Exploring the secret depths of humanity's struggles and sins, Dostoyevsky unfolds a grand epic which attempts to venture into mankind's darkest heart, and grasp the true meaning of existence.
"Dostoevsky is at once the most literary and compulsively readable of novelists we continue to regard as great... The Brothers Karamazov stands as the culmination of his art--his last, longest, richest and most capacious book. This scrupulous rendition can only be welcomed. It returns to us a work we thought we knew, subtly altered and so made new again."--Donald Fanger, Washington Post Book World (award-winning translation)