A magnificent new translation of Dostoevsky's masterpiece, which when first published in 1991 was described by The Times as 'a miracle' and by The Independent as a near 'ideal translation'. The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoevsky's most widely read novel - is at once a murder mystery, a mordant comedy of family intrigue, a pioneering work of psychological realism and an unblinking look into the abyss of human suffering.
'...the most magnificent novel ever written...' - Sigmund Freud
'The Brothers Karamazov... made a deep impression on me... he created some unforgettable scenes [detail]... Madness you may call it, but therein may be the secret of his genius... I prefer the word exaltation, exaltation which can merge into madness, perhaps. In fact all great men have had that vein in them; it was the source of their greatness; the reasonable man achieves nothing.' - James Joyce
'...having lived with 'Karamazov' for 20-odd years, I am certain Kafka judged it correctly in arguing that Dostoyevsky's characters are not all lunatics – just "incidentally mad", like the rest of us.' - Richard T. Kelly
'…there is one other book, that can teach you everything you need to know about life. It’s The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky.' - Kurt Vonnegut
'...the supreme summit of all literature...' - Albert Einstein
'The reader becomes more and more absorbed in the story of the three brothers, instead of struggling, as he used to do, with a text that might have seemed to him dead and buried, or at least quaint and fossilized. It is, in a sense, the sheer “literariness” of Dostoevsky that is the hardest thing to get across in another language.' - New York Review of Books
'It’s a masterpiece. It’s one of those books that you read, close the covers, and just lean back in your chair/couch/bed/whatever you were reading on and just think, “Damn.” I feel that The Brothers Karamazov gives you a feel for the scope of human experience, and how vastly different perspectives can be on what constitutes virtue, purpose in life, and how people ought to behave as a consequence. More than anything, it makes you realize that no matter what you believe, the struggle for virtue is never-ending, and that your conception of virtue is bound to change in response to factors beyond your control.' - Medium