Introduction to The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Karamazov Brothers is the latest work by the great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky. A novel that Dostoevsky spent three of the last years of his life writing. The novel was finally completed in 1880, and if the author did not die, he intended to continue the story. This is considered by many to be Dostoevsky’s greatest novel.
As you probably know, Dostoevsky has created many masterpieces. But in the meantime, introducing the Karamazov Brothers novel will be one of the most difficult cases. This novel is so large that it is impossible for anyone to mention all aspects of the book in one introduction. However, in this introduction, we hope to encourage you to read this great work over and over again.
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On the back cover of the Karamazov Brothers is an important part of the text on page 350:
Brethren, do not be afraid of the sin of men, love man in his sin, for this resemblance to the love of God is the peak of love on earth. Love all of God’s creation, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love animals, love plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will discover the secret of God in things. As soon as you realize it, you will start to understand it more and more every day. And finally you will fall in love with the whole world with complete and universal love. Love animals: God gave them the preconditions for thought and joy. Do not disturb it, do not torment them, do not deprive them of their joy…
Dostoevsky dedicated this masterpiece to his wife, Anna Grigoriona.
Summary of the Karamazov Brothers
At the very beginning, reading the first sentences of the story, the reader realizes that this novel is different from other Dostoevsky novels. At the beginning of the story, the author addresses an important issue, and that important issue is the mysterious and heartbreaking death of the famous landowner Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov. The person this novel is about and his sons. A person who is one of the kind of strange people of the time, one of the kind that we encounter a lot. But before this important event, the story has an introduction.
In the introduction to the story, which he happens to consider superfluous, he introduces the novel’s protagonist, Alexei Fyodorovich Karamazov. Alexei or Alyosha is the third son of Fyodor Pavlovich, who the narrator believes is by no means a great man, but nevertheless considers him the protagonist. This is what occupies the reader’s mind, and the reader must finally answer the question of why Alexei Fyodorovich is the protagonist of this novel.
Fyodor Pavlovich has been married twice and has three sons. His eldest son, Dmitry Fyodorovich, is his first wife, and his other two sons, Ivan and Alyosha, are his second wife. In the first chapters of the novel, the story of this cute little family is told and the story of these two marriages and the story of each of the boys is narrated.
Reading the first chapters of the novel, we realize that Fyodor is a vile and dirty man who does not pay the slightest attention to his sons. It is clear that he did not smell of being a father or a father. Fyodor left his sons alone as a child and is constantly seeking lust and satisfying his own desires.
Among the boys, we first meet Dmitri, who is also lustful and sinful. When he was four, his father, Fyodor, abandoned him. He has no particular line of thought and believes that his father has amassed his mother’s fortunes and now owes her. It should be noted here that Fyodor’s first wife, Demetrius’s mother, was from an aristocratic and relatively wealthy family.
Of Fyodor Pavlovich’s three sons, Dmitry Fyodorovich was the only one who grew up with the certainty that he had property anyway and would become independent when he reached legal age. Go through a turbulent period of adolescence and youth: he never finished high school; He later dropped out of the military school, then found his head in the Caucasus, was promoted, fought, was promoted to military service, was promoted again, lived a life of slavery, and spent a considerable amount of money. He did not receive anything from Fyodor Pavlovich until he reached legal age, and by then he had been under debt. He first met his father, Fyodor Pavlovich, when he was of legal age.
Then we get acquainted with the porch. A skeptical intellectual who has a clear line of thought and even tries to resolve the ruined relationship between Dmitri and Fyodor. And finally we meet Alyosha. A 20-year-old man who grew up in a monastery and, as you read, is the protagonist of the novel.
Alyosha left the monastery because it was the only way that fascinated her and it can be said that this way was a good way out for her soul, and of course she chose this way because Zosima, the famous old man of the monastery, was very interested in her.
After getting acquainted with this cute little family, we gradually notice the serious difference between the eldest son and the father of the family, and I see what the other two boys are trying to do to solve this problem. To solve this problem, family members who have not seen each other for years come together to solve these problems. The way these people deal with each other, their disagreements, the conversations they have with each other, and their going to the monastery with old Zosima to resolve the dispute and the serious beginning of this novel.
The Karamazov Brothers novel is written in 4 sections and 12 books, and each book consists of several chapters. The books in this novel are: Nazanin Small Family / Awkward Gathering / Lustful / Heartbreaking / Agree and Disagree / Russian Monk / Alyosha / Mitya / Initial Investigation / Boys / Ivan Fyodorovich’s Brother / Misjudgment.
Here it may be necessary to talk about Smerdyakov as well. Someone who plays an important and fundamental role in the novel. But to avoid revealing the story too much, we do not mention this character in this part. In the following, we will talk about Smerdyakov in the novel.
This novel has different translations and we have introduced the translation of Ahad Aliqlian. This translation was a good and fluent translation that if you go a little further in reading the book, you will get acquainted with its complete style. Of course, the book has its drawbacks, but it is not related to translation. The Karamazov Brothers is a long novel of approximately 400,000 words, published by the Center in one volume. This makes the book font slightly smaller than normal and may make it difficult for the reader to read. The translator’s notes are also generally found at the end of the book, which is more difficult to refer to than the normal case at the bottom of the pages.
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