The Brothers Karamazov Author:Fyodor Dostoyevsky This novel has been a classic for seventy-five years. Its early success was largely due to its shock value: passionate love and brutal murder are its two themes, and Dostoyevsky was outspoken about both. — Later, readers began to see that there was more to the book than simple sensation. What were these violent emotions, love, hate, murderous d... more »esire? How had Dostoyevsky learned so much about them? Were his unpredictable characters abnormal?
Modern readers know that Dostoyevsky's people are not insave outcasts. Modern readers know tha tlove and hate are mixed; that an appetite for life and an appetite for deather are inseparable; that no man or woaman can read this tale of brutal, violent passions and fail to find himself in it.« less