The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Written by Gracie Cooper. Posted in Books

The book is often acclaimed as one of the best novels ever written, from a very good reason: it really is. But, surprisingly, its incredible influence doesn’t come from being a perfect novel, but because of its small imperfections. We could say that it is rushed here and there, or even unfinished, and this is just what makes it magnificent – it is imperfect, like the characters it describes. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s heroes live in intensity, are so real that the novel itself might well be a historical treatise about real people who lived, loved, suffered and died.

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But the most important quality of The Brothers Karamazov is probably its accessibility. One hundred and thirty years after its writing the novel remained as relevant, because it deals with universal themes such as morality, free will or the existence of God and makes it with a subtle humor and a remarkable enthusiasm.

The Brothers Karamazov proves to be conclusive in terms of both the perspective of the author’s worldview, and from the artistic point of view.