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The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov Description:

The award winning translation of Dostoevsky s last and greatest novel br br i The Brothers Karamazov i is a passionate philosophical novel set in th century Russia that enters deeply into the ethical debates of God free will and morality It is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith doubt and reason set against a modernizing Russia

Rating: 3.75 out of 5


Demons Description:

Inspired by the true story of a political murder that horrified Russians in Fyodor Dostoevsky conceived of Demons as a novel pamphlet in which he would say everything about the plague of materialist ideology that he saw infecting his native land What emerged was a prophetic and ferociously funny masterpiece of ideology and murder in pre revolutionary Russia br penguinrandomhouse com

Rating: 3.42 out of 5

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment Description:

With the same suppleness energy and range of voices that won their translation of The Brothers Karamazov the PEN Book of the Month Club Prize Pevear and Volokhonsky offer a brilliant translation of Dostoevsky s classic novel that presents a clear insight into this astounding psychological thriller The best translation currently available Washington Post Book World

Rating: 3.52 out of 5

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina Description:

Everything is finished I have nothing but you now Remember that br br Anna Karenina seems to have everything beauty wealth popularity and an adored son But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky Their subsequent affair scandalizes society and family alike and soon brings jealously and bitterness in its wake Contrasting with this tale of love and self destruction is the vividly observed story of Levin a man striving to find contentment and a meaning to his life and also a self portrait of Tolstoy himself

Rating: 3.40 out of 5

The Idiot

The Idiot Description:

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky s masterful translation of b The Idiot b is destined to stand with their versions of b Crime and Punishment The Brothers Karamazov b i i and b Demons b as the definitive Dostoevsky in English br br After his great portrayal of a guilty man in b Crime and Punishment b i i Dostoevsky set out in b The Idiot b to portray a man of pure innocence The twenty six year old Prince Myshkin following a stay of several years in a Swiss sanatorium returns to Russia to collect an inheritance and be among people Even before he reaches home he meets the dark Rogozhin a rich merchant s son whose obsession with the beautiful Nastasya Filippovna eventually draws all three of them into a tragic denouement In Petersburg the prince finds himself a stranger in a society obsessed with money power and manipulation Scandal escalates to murder as Dostoevsky traces the surprising effect of this positively beautiful man on the people around him leading to a final scene that is one of the most powerful in all of world literature

Rating: 3.59 out of 5

The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita Description:

Surely no stranger work exists in the annals of protest literature than i The Master and Margarita i Written during the Soviet crackdown of the s when Mikhail Bulgakov s works were effectively banned it wraps its anti Stalinist message in a complex allegory of good and evil Or would that be the other way around The book s chief character is Satan who appears in the guise of a foreigner and self proclaimed black magician named Woland Accompanied by a talking black tomcat and a translator wearing a jockey s cap and cracked pince nez Woland wreaks havoc throughout literary Moscow First he predicts that the head of noted editor Berlioz will be cut off when it is he appropriates Berlioz s apartment A puzzled relative receives the following telegram Have just been run over by streetcar at Patriarch s Ponds funeral Friday three afternoon come Berlioz Woland and his minions transport one bureaucrat to Yalta make another one disappear entirely except for his suit and frighten several others so badly that they end up in a psychiatric hospital In fact it seems half of Moscow shows up in the bin demanding to be placed in a locked cell for protection p Meanwhile a few doors down in the hospital lives the true object of Woland s visit the author of an unpublished novel about Pontius Pilate This Master as he calls himself has been driven mad by rejection broken not only by editors harsh criticism of his novel but Bulgakov suggests by political persecution as well Yet Pilate s story becomes a kind of parallel narrative appearing in different forms throughout Bulgakov s novel as a manuscript read by the Master s indefatigable love Margarita as a scene dreamed by the poet and fellow lunatic Ivan Homeless and even as a story told by Woland himself Since we see this narrative from so many different points of view who is truly its author Given that the Master s novel and this one end the same way are they in fact the same book These are only a few of the many questions Bulgakov provokes in a novel that reads like a set of infinitely nested Russian dolls inside one narrative there is another and then another and yet another His devil is not only entertaining he is i necessary i What would your good be doing if there were no evil and what would the earth look like if shadows disappeared from it p p Unsurprisingly in view of its frequent scarcely disguised references to interrogation and terror Bulgakov s master work was not published until almost three decades after his death Yet one wonders if the world was really ready for this book in the late s if indeed we are ready for it now Shocking touching and scathingly funny it is a novel like no other Woland may re attach heads or produce ruble notes from the air but Bulgakov proves to be the true magician here i The Master and Margarita i is a different book each time it is opened i Mary Park i p

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories

The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories Description:

The title story of this collection is about a man battling a mysterious illness His family visit his bedside their faces masks of concern His colleagues pay their respects but only think of the advantages created by his death This intensely moving story of Ivan Ilyich s lonely end is one of the masterpieces of Tolstoy s late fiction br br br br br br The ten other stories in this new collection include The Kreutzer Sonata The Devil and Hadji Murat which has been described by Harold Bloom as the best story in the world

Rating: 3.73 out of 5

Dead Souls

Dead Souls Description:

Nikolai Gogol s i Dead Souls i is the great comic masterpiece of Russian literature a satirical and splendidly exaggerated epic of life in the benighted provinces br br Gogol hoped to show the world the untold riches of the Russian soul in this novel which he populated with a Dickensian swarm of characters rogues and scoundrels landowners and serfs conniving petty officials all of them both utterly lifelike and alarmingly larger than life Setting everything in motion is the wily antihero Chichikov the trafficker in dead souls deceased serfs who still represent profit to those clever enough to trade in them br br This lively idiomatic English version by the award winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky makes accessible the full extent of the novel s lyricism sulphurous humor and delight in human oddity and error br br Book Jacket Status Jacketed

Rating: 3.51 out of 5

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The Death of Ivan Ilyich Description:

Tolstoy s most famous novella is an intense and moving examination of death and the possibilities of redemption here in a powerful translation by the award winning Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky br br Ivan Ilyich is a middle aged man who has spent his life focused on his career as a bureaucrat and emotionally detached from his wife and children After an accident he finds himself on the brink of an untimely death which he sees as a terrible injustice Face to face with his mortality Ivan begins to question everything he has believed about the meaning of life i The Death of Ivan Ilyich i is a masterpiece of psychological realism and philosophical profundity that has inspired generations of readers

Rating: 3.65 out of 5


Stories Description:

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky the highly acclaimed translators of i War and Peace Doctor Zhivago i and i Anna Karenina i which was an Oprah Book Club pick and million copy bestseller bring their unmatched talents to i The Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov i a collection of thirty of Chekhov s best tales from the major periods of his creative life br br Considered the greatest short story writer Anton Chekhov changed the genre itself with his spare impressionistic depictions of Russian life and the human condition From characteristically brief evocative early pieces such as The Huntsman and the tour de force A Boring Story to his best known stories such as The Lady with the Little Dog and his own personal favorite The Student Chekhov s short fiction possesses the transcendent power of art to awe and change the reader This monumental edition expertly translated is especially faithful to the meaning of Chekhov s prose and the unique rhythms of his writing giving readers an authentic sense of his style and a true understanding of his greatness br br br i From the Trade Paperback edition i

Rating: 3.50 out of 5