The Karamazov Brothers
As Fyodor Karamazov awaits an amorous encounter, lie is violently done to death. The three sons of the old debauchee are forced to confront their own guilt or complicity. Who will own to patricide? The reckless and passionate Dmitri? The corrosive intellectual Ivan? Surely not the chaste novice monk Alyosha? The search reveals the divisions which rack the brothers, yet paradoxically unite them. Around the writhings of this one disfunctional family Dostoevsky weaves a dense network of social, psychological and philosophical relationships. At the same time lie shows - from the opening "scandal" scene in the monastery to a personal appearance by an eccentric Devil - that his dramatic skills have lost nothing of their edge.