The Brothers Karamazov (version 3)

Fyodor DOSTOYEVSKY (1821 - 1881), translated by Constance GARNETT (1861 - 1946)

Originally published in serial form in 1879-80, “The Brothers Karamazov” is recognized as one of the very greatest masterpieces of world literature. It is the last and finest novel of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, who died before writing a planned sequel. The story is organized initially around the efforts of adult sons to deal with their cantankerous and exasperating father. More important, they also have to deal with the problem of how to live in a world where it is difficult to be sure of the truth — whether that be “truth” about others, about oneself, or about deep questions such as faith, doubt, free will, guilt, and responsibility. Dostoyevsky’s technique underlines the difficulty of attaining sure knowledge. The novel’s psychological and philosophical depth sets the stage for modern novelists such as Joyce, Kafka, and Woolf. “The Brothers Karamazov” has been a favorite book for readers as diverse as Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Joseph Stalin, Vladimir Putin, and Hillary Clinton. - Summary by Bruce Pirie

Genre(s): Literary Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01.01 Fyodor Pavlovitch Karamazov Bruce Pirie
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Play 02 01.02 He gets rid of his oldest son Bruce Pirie
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Play 03 01.03 The second marriage and the second family Bruce Pirie
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Play 04 01.04 The third son, Alyosha Bruce Pirie
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Play 05 01.05 Elders Bruce Pirie
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Play 06 02.01 They arrive at the monastery Bruce Pirie
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Play 07 02.02 The old buffoon Bruce Pirie
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Play 08 02.03 Peasant women who have faith Bruce Pirie
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Play 09 02.04 A lady of little faith Bruce Pirie
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Play 10 02.05 So be it! So be it! Bruce Pirie
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Play 11 02.06 Why is such a man alive? Bruce Pirie
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Play 12 02.07 A young man bent on a career Bruce Pirie
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Play 13 02.08 The scandalous scene Bruce Pirie
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Play 14 03.01 In the servants' quarters Bruce Pirie
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Play 15 03.02 Lizaveta Bruce Pirie
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Play 16 03.03 The confession of a passionate heart — in verse Bruce Pirie
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Play 17 03.04 The confession of a passionate heart — in anecdote Bruce Pirie
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Play 18 03.05 The confession of a passionate heart — ''Heels up'' Bruce Pirie
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Play 19 03.06 Smerdyakov Bruce Pirie
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Play 20 03.07 The controversy Bruce Pirie
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Play 21 03.08 Over the brandy Bruce Pirie
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Play 22 03.09 The sensualists Bruce Pirie
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Play 23 03.10 Both together Bruce Pirie
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Play 24 03.11 Another reputation ruined Bruce Pirie
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Play 25 04.01 Father Ferapont Bruce Pirie
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Play 26 04.02 At his father's Bruce Pirie
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Play 27 04.03 A meeting with the schooboys Bruce Pirie
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Play 28 04.04 At the Hohlakovs' Bruce Pirie
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Play 29 04.05 A laceration in the drawing-room Bruce Pirie
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Play 30 04.06 A laceration in the cottage Bruce Pirie
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Play 31 04.07 And in the open air Bruce Pirie
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Play 32 05.01 The engagement Bruce Pirie
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Play 33 05.02 Smerdyakov with a guitar Bruce Pirie
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Play 34 05.03 The bothers make friends Bruce Pirie
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Play 35 05.04 Rebellion Bruce Pirie
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Play 36 05.05 The Grand Inquisitor Bruce Pirie
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Play 37 05.06 For awhile a very obscure one Bruce Pirie
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Play 38 05.07 ''It's always worth while speaking to a clever man'' Bruce Pirie
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Play 39 06.01 Father Zossima and his visitors Bruce Pirie
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Play 40 06.02 The duel Bruce Pirie
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Play 41 06.03 Conversations and exhortations of Father Zossima Bruce Pirie
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Play 42 07.01 The breath of corruption Bruce Pirie
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Play 43 07.02 A critical moment Bruce Pirie
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Play 44 07.03 An onion Bruce Pirie
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Play 45 07.04 Cana of Galilee Bruce Pirie
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Play 46 08.01 Kuzma Samsonov Bruce Pirie
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Play 47 08.02 Lyagavy Bruce Pirie
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Play 48 08.03 Gold-mines Bruce Pirie
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Play 49 08.04 In the dark Bruce Pirie
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Play 50 08.05 A sudden resolution Bruce Pirie
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Play 51 08.06 ''I am coming, too!'' Bruce Pirie
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Play 52 08.07 The first and rightful lover Bruce Pirie
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Play 53 08.08 Delirium Bruce Pirie
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Play 54 09.01 The beginning of Perhotin's official career Bruce Pirie
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Play 55 09.02 The alarm Bruce Pirie
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Play 56 09.03 The sufferings of a soul, the first ordeal Bruce Pirie
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Play 57 09.04 The second ordeal Bruce Pirie
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Play 58 09.05 The third ordeal Bruce Pirie
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Play 59 09.06 The prosecutor catches Mitya Bruce Pirie
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Play 60 09.07 Mitya's great secret. Received with hisses Bruce Pirie
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Play 61 09.08 The evidence of the witnesses. The babe Bruce Pirie
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Play 62 09.09 They carry Mitya away Bruce Pirie
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Play 63 10.01 Kolya Krassotkin Bruce Pirie
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Play 64 10.02 Children Bruce Pirie
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Play 65 10.03 The schoolboy Bruce Pirie
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Play 66 10.04 The lost dog Bruce Pirie
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Play 67 10.05 By Ilusha's bedside Bruce Pirie
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Play 68 10.06 Precocity Bruce Pirie
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Play 69 10.07 Ilusha Bruce Pirie
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Play 70 11.01 At Grushenka's Bruce Pirie
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Play 71 11.02 The injured foot Bruce Pirie
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Play 72 11.03 A little demon Bruce Pirie
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Play 73 11.04 A hymn and a secret Bruce Pirie
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Play 74 11.05 Not you, not you! Bruce Pirie
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Play 75 11.06 The first interview with Smerdyakov Bruce Pirie
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Play 76 11.07 The second visit to Smeryakov Bruce Pirie
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Play 77 11.08 The third and last interview with Smerdyakov Bruce Pirie
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Play 78 11.09 The devil. Ivan's nightmare Bruce Pirie
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Play 79 11.10 ''It was he who said that'' Bruce Pirie
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Play 80 12.01 The fatal day Bruce Pirie
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Play 81 12.02 Dangerous witnesses Bruce Pirie
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Play 82 12.03 The medical experts and a pound of nuts Bruce Pirie
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Play 83 12.04 Fortune smiles on Mitya Bruce Pirie
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Play 84 12.05 A sudden catastrophe Bruce Pirie
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Play 85 12.06 The prosecutor's speech. Sketches of character Bruce Pirie
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Play 86 12.07 An historical survey Bruce Pirie
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Play 87 12.08 A treatise on Smerdyakov Bruce Pirie
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Play 88 12.09 The galloping troika. The end of the prosecutor's speech Bruce Pirie
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Play 89 12.10 The speech for the defense. An argument that cuts both ways Bruce Pirie
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Play 90 12.11 There was no money. There was no robbery Bruce Pirie
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Play 91 12.12 And there was no murder either Bruce Pirie
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Play 92 12.13 A corrupter of thought Bruce Pirie
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Play 93 12.14 The peasants stand firm Bruce Pirie
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Play 94 Ep.1 Plans for Mitya's escape Bruce Pirie
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Play 95 Ep.2 For a moment the lie becomes truth Bruce Pirie
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Play 96 Ep.3 Ilusha's funeral. The speech at the stone Bruce Pirie
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