One of the greatest Russian novels - second perhaps only to Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Awe-inspiring, somehow like Shakespeare. In my early twenties, I remembered it as an intricate literary piece that worked flawlessly to communicate Dostoevsky’s ideas about Russia and the world.
For those of us who don’t make a habit of contemplating the intricacies of human existence over a glass of chilled vodka, Dostoevsky’s magnum opus can be a tall order.
Dostoyevsky toiled for two years on the tale of the three brothers by two different mothers and a womanizing father, estranged from their family, and the scandals that surrounded them.
Love, religion, death and despair - it has all the makings of a great Russian tome. A love triangle involving father and son; an argument over the words of Jesus Christ; the finding of faith; and the consequences of greed are some of the plots and subplots found in The Brothers Karamazov.
Brothers Karamazov also deals with some of life’s most tormenting aspects. Reading it really does make you glad to be alive. Describing it in any great detail would make me sound pretentious, but all I’m saying this is great art.