Title

"The Grand Inquisitor" from The Brothers Karamazov

Document Type

Book Chapter

Subject

Russian Literature

Course Date

Fall 2020

Course Number

HU 300

Course Title

World Literature: Russian

Abstract

The murder of brutal landowner Fyodor Karamazov changes the lives of his sons irrevocably: Mitya, the sensualist, whose bitter rivalry with his father immediately places him under suspicion for parricide; Ivan the intellectual, whose mental tortures drive him to breakdown; the spiritual Alyosha, who tries to heal the family's rifts; and the shadowy figure of their bastard half-brother, Smerdyakov. As the ensuing investigation and trial reveal the true identity of the murder, Dostoyevsky's dark masterwork evokes a world where the lines between innocence and corruption, good and evil, blur, and everyone's faith in humanity is tested.

Translated from the Russian by Constance Garnett.

Copyright

Released under a Creative Commons Zero license.

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