"The Grand Inquisitor" from The Brothers Karamazov
World Literature: Russian
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.
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Dostoevsky, Fyodor. ""The Grand Inquisitor" from The Brothers Karamazov." 2021. Retrieved from https://commons.erau.edu/db-hu-300-fall2021/6.