The Brothers Karamazov

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The Brothers Karamazov  (1880) 
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, translated by Constance Garnett

The Brothers Karamazov . . . is the last novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky, generally considered the culmination of his life's work. Dostoevsky spent nearly two years writing The Brothers Karamazov, which was published as a serial in The Russian Messenger from January 1879 to November 1880 (separate edition 1880). Dostoevsky intended it to be the first part in an epic story titled The Life of a Great Sinner, but he died fewer than four months after publication.

Excerpted from The Brothers Karamazov on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This edition was translated by Constance Garnett in 1912.


Part I[edit]

Book I — The History of a Family[edit]

Book II — An Unfortunate Gathering[edit]

Book III — The Sensualists[edit]

Part II[edit]

Book IV — Lacerations[edit]

Book V — Pro and Contra[edit]

Book VI — The Russian Monk[edit]

  • Chapter 1 — Father Zossima and His Visitors
  • Chapter 2 — Notes on the Life of the Deceased Priest and Monk, the Elder Zossima, Taken from His Own Words by Alexey Fyodorovitch Karamazov
  • Chapter 3 — Conversations and Exhortations of Father Zossima

Part III[edit]

Book VII — Alyosha[edit]

Book VIII — Mitya[edit]

Book IX — The Preliminary Investigation[edit]

Part IV[edit]

Book X — The Boys[edit]

Book XI — Ivan[edit]

Book XII — A Judicial Error[edit]


  • Chapter 1 — Plans for Mitya's Escape
  • Chapter 2 — For a Moment the Lie Becomes Truth
  • Chapter 3 — Ilusha's Funeral. The Speech at the Stone

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