The Brothers Karamazov was the last novel the great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky ever wrote, and it has all the energy and passion of a man’s last words. First appearing in serial form in 1879-80, it’s generally considered one of the best novels ever written in any language.
The plot of the novel revolves around one of the most despicable characters ever created, Fyodor Karamazov, the father of the Karamazov brothers. This plot serves as the basic architecture for Dostoyevsky’s philosophy, touching on all the Really Big Questions. Do we have free will? Does God exist? Why do human beings have to suffer? What is the nature of human nature? Are there limits to human reason? Are we bound by moral laws? How do we achieve happiness?
Dostoyevsky had planned The Brothers Karamazov as the first part in a two-part novelistic project. Despite the fact that the second part was never written, The Brothers Karamazov continues to hold readers’ imaginations as a massive achievement on its own.
The Brothers Karamazov was written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was published in 1880.