The Brothers Karamazov

Ranked #2 in Customs, Ranked #4 in Russiansee more rankings.

The Brothers Karamasov is a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs involving the “wicked and sentimental” Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his three sons―the impulsive and sensual Dmitri; the coldly rational Ivan; and the healthy, red-cheeked young novice Alyosha. Through the gripping events of their story, Dostoevsky portrays the whole of Russian life, is social and spiritual striving, in what was both the golden age and a tragic turning point in Russian culture.

This award-winning translation by Richard Pevear...

Reviews and Recommendations

We've comprehensively compiled reviews of The Brothers Karamazov from the world's leading experts.

Randall Stephenson CEO/AT&TFavorite book: The Brothers Karamazov. (Source)

Kenan Malik Dostoevsky was a devout Christian and The Brothers Karamazov, his last and possibly greatest novel, was a heartfelt plea for the necessity of faith. The phrase If God does not exist, everything is permitted is often attributed to Dostoevsky. He actually never wrote that, but the sentiment certainly runs through much of his work, and most especially through The Brothers Karamazov. (Source)

Rachel Kushner This book taught me something I knew on a much deeper level but did not have the language or the reasoning to state: that innocence is something very durable and interior, and also evanescent. (Source)

Adam Townsend @FinchmanWill @jposhaughnessy @Cernovich @mcclay_roman My son's favorite book of all time (Source)

Richard Harries Dostoyevsky himself was a passionate Orthodox Christian, but he felt the flames of unbelief as much as anybody. (Source)

Christian B Miller A host of deep philosophical questions are at work in the book: about, say, the existence of God, the nature of morality without God, and the role of free will. (Source)

Rankings by Category

The Brothers Karamazov is ranked in the following categories:

Similar Books

If you like The Brothers Karamazov, check out these similar top-rated books:

Learn: What makes Shortform summaries the best in the world?