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« on: December 05, 2003, 06:45:36 PM »

I used to read nothing but fiction, now I read nothing but spiritual/theological texts.

I have never read Dostoevsky, and references continually pop up in all the reading I'm doing these days.

Thought I'd take a break (sort of) and read this...

Does anyone have any strong suggestions about which translation to get (or to avoid?)

Anyone have any suggestions as to a theological or spiritual companion text?

Much appreciated!

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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2003, 07:15:05 PM »

If you want to read The Brothers Karamazov I think the Signet Classics version is good. If you're thinking of reading Demons(also know as The Posessed) you should definately get a newer translation done by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, put out by Vintage.

As far as companions to The Brothers Karamazov, I'm not really sure. You might want to check out a book called The Gospel in Dostoevsky. It's mostly excerpts from his books that relate to the Gospel. There is very little commentary, but the book makes a good resource.
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2003, 08:03:49 PM »

If you're a cheap Ukrainian like me, check out the following link for a free e-book:

http://www.planetpdf.com/mainpage.asp?webpageid=3132
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2003, 11:08:48 PM »

If you are going to read Dostoyevsky, I recommend Crime and Punishment first.

Don't get me wrong, I loved The Brothers Karamazov, but to me Crime and Punishment was incredible. I was trembling when I finished it. What a tremendous literary achievement!

Anyway, you can't really go wrong with Dostoyevsky.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2003, 12:05:14 AM »

I wish I could say I have completed The Brothers Karamazov, but I haven't.  However, a few years ago there was some very good reviews of a translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, a Vintage Clasics Book from Vintage Books, Random House.
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« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2003, 03:14:14 PM »

I've heard everybody say you should go with Pevear & Volokhonsky.  I'm reading their translation of The Idiot right now and it's great.
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2003, 03:34:48 PM »

I have only read one translation of BK, and I don't know Russian, so I couldn't compare it to the original, but the one we read for class and which I enjoyed was the Constance Garnett translation revised by Ralph E. Matlaw published by W.W. Norton & Company.
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2003, 01:07:26 PM »

I asked, and I received...

Thanks!

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