The Brothers Karamazov

Recommended Translation

Constance Garnett is the best translator for English speakers who encounter the novel for the first time, however you may read any translation you prefer. Click here to purchase our recommended translation.

Audiobook Option

Afraid you won't have time to read?

Listen for free on librivox. This is the time-honored Garnett translation we are using in our study.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit"

Why read The Brothers Karamazov? Why is it considered the greatest novel of all time? Why should we read it today?

  • Fyodor Dostoevsky had many of the same concerns we have today.

  • A murder mystery, but not just any murder mystery

  • It is about the loss of fatherhood and family

  • Remove all authority- we are all our own masters

  • The rise of Socialism and Communism as a false answer to our suffering

  • The three brothers are aspects of ourselves-each of them lives in all of us

  • Alyosha represents the East and her love for Christ

  • Dmitri represents the flesh and its need for purification

  • And Ivan represents the West and its refusal to allow mystery and cling to Science, data and rationalism as an answer for everything

  • Each brother has a descent and an ascent

  • Must we deserve love in order to receive it?

  • Dostoevsky’s answer? Preserving sacred memory is the best way to educate and save civilization.

Brothers Karamazov Character Map with images.pdf

Book Five Resources

"the mystery of the earth was one with the mystery of the stars "

- Book 7

If you have any questions or comments throughout this journey, don't hesitate to reach out!
Contact us here anytime: ​

Click here for a Youtube playlist of all the videos.