Book Review: The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

Book Review: The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

What can I say about The Brothers Karamazov that has not already been said? I must confess I have very complicated feelings about this the most famous opus of Fyodor Dostoevsky. On the one hand I found The Brothers Karamazov to be masterfully written. Not only due to...
Book Review: And Quiet Flows the Don (Mikhail Sholokhov)

Book Review: And Quiet Flows the Don (Mikhail Sholokhov)

And Quiet Flows the Don is a wonderfully authentic and moving portrait of the Cossack people set against the backdrop of World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. Mikhail Sholokhov masterfully explores the full gamut of human experience in this novel,...
Book Review: Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

Book Review: Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

I have been told that to fully appreciate Dostoyevsky’s writing it is necessary to read his works in Russian. The poetry and lyricism of his prose is supposed to be spellbinding in his native language. Unfortunately this is not yet possible for me so I have had...

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