The violent lives of four sons--Dmitry, the sensualist; Ivan, the intellectual; Alyosha, the mystic; and Smerdyakov, the bastard--are exposed when their father is murdered and each one attempts to come to terms with his own guilt. Reissue.
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: In 1880 Dostoevsky completed The Brothers Karamazov
, the literary effort for which he had been preparing all his life. Compelling, profound, complex, it is the story of a patricide and of the four sons who each had a motive for murder: Dmitry, the sensualist, Ivan, the intellectual; Alyosha, the mystic; and twisted, cunning Smerdyakov, the bastard child. Frequently lurid, nightmarish, always brilliant, the novel plunges the reader into a sordid love triangle, a pathological obsession, and a gripping courtroom drama. But throughout the whole, Dostoevsky searhes for the truth--about man, about life, about the existence of God. A terrifying answer to man's eternal questions, this monumental work remains the crowning achievement of perhaps the finest novelist of all time.