A Karamazov Companion: Commentary on the Genesis, Language, and Style of Dostoevsky's Novel

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1981 - Literary Criticism - 482 pages
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    The text of The Brothers Karamazov is removed from English-speaking readers today not only by time but also by linguistic and cultural boundaries. Victor Terras’s companion work provides readers with a richer understanding of the Dostoevsky novel as the expression of a philosophy and a work of art.
     In his introduction, Terras outlines the genesis, main ideas, and structural peculiarities of the novel as well as Dostoevsky’s political, philosophical, and aesthetic stance. The detailed commentary takes the reader through the novel, clarifying aspects of Russian life, the novel’s sociopolitical background, and a number of polemic issues. Terras identifies and explains hundreds of literary and biblical quotations and allusions. He discusses symbols, recurrent images, and structural stylistic patterns, including those lost in English translation.
  

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Contents

Literary Sources of The Brothers Karamazov
13
Connections with Earlier Works
24
Dostoevskys Notebooks
31
Personal Idiosyncrasies
38
Ideas in The Brothers Karamazov
41
Narrative Technique
84
The Characters of the Novel
123
Book One
126
Book Five
210
Book Six
246
Book Seven
262
Book Eight
276
Book Nine
312
Book Ten
337
Book Eleven
356
Book Twelve
399

Book Two
142
This
152
Book Three
166
Book Four
191
Epilogue
438
Index
457
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About the author (1981)

Victor Terras is the Henry L. Goddard University Professor of Slavic Languages and Comparative Literature emeritus at Brown University. His many books include Reading Dostoevsky, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press; The Idiot: An Interpretation; and A History of Russian Literature, as well as translations of Dostoevsky’s works.

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