A Karamazov Companion: Commentary on the Genesis, Language, and Style of Dostoevsky's Novel
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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Aliosha argument believe biblical Book Eight Book Eleven Book Five Book Four Book Nine Book Six Book Three Book Twelve Brothers Karamazov chap chapter character Christ Christian church detail devil Diary Dmitry Karamazov Dmitry's Dolinin Dostoev Dostoevskogo Dostoevsky echo example of Dostoevsky's expression fact Father Ferapont Father Zosima Fatherhood Fetiukovich Fiodor Pavlovich God's Grand Inquisitor Grushen'ka human hypocoristic ideas Iliusha instance Introduction Ippolit Kirillovich irony Ivan Karamazov Ivan's Karamazovykh Katerina Ivanovna Khokhlakov Kolia leitmotif Leonid Grossman Linner Liubimov Liza Maksimov Matlaw meaning Miusov Mochulsky Mokroe monk moral motif murder narrative narrator narrator's notebooks novel original Orthodox passage peasant perhaps Pis'ma poem prosecutor psychological Pushkin quotation Rakitin Raw Youth reader religious Russ Russian says scene Slavophile Smer Smerdiakov Snegiriov social story style suggests symbolic theme theodicy trait translation truth Unpublished Dostoevsky viii voice whole words Writer