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by Fyodor Dostoevsky

"The final novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, first published as Bratya Karamazovy in 1879-80, and generally considered to be his masterpiece. It is the story of Fyodor Karamazov and his sons Alyosha, Dmitry, and Ivan. It is also a story of patricide, into the sordid unfolding of which Dostoyevsky introduces a love-hate struggle with profound psychological and spiritual implications. Throughout the whole novel there persists a search for faith, for God--the central idea of the work. The dramatization of Ivan's repudiation of God is concentrated in the famous "Legend of the Grand Inquisitor." A response to Ivan is contained in the preaching of the monk Zosima that the secret of universal harmony is not achieved by the mind but by the heart." (Synopsis from The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature)

Characters: Fyodor Karamazov, Alyosha, Dmitry, Ivan, Zosima

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Tragic and Comic Visions in The Brothers Karamazov
"In this essay I would like to discuss the various components of the novel--psychology, ideas, structure, fiction--only as they relate to the work as a creative act. For it is clear even upon a superficial first reading that this novel is like few other great works; it seems almost a novel in the making, a novel as it is being written, in the very process of being imagined."
Contains: Content Analysis
Author: Joyce Carol Oates
From: The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism Winter 1968-69

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The Brothers Karamazov: The Definitive Study Guide
This study guide includes a general plot summary, descriptions of the major characters, and summaries of each section of the novel, with accompanying analysis. It also has a short bibliography.
Contains: Plot Summary, Character Analysis, Bibliography

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