The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
I've been working on this novel for a couple of months. Now I'm not sure what to say about it. What is there for me to say about one of the great masterworks of the 19th century and of Russian literature? It is beautiful, and I loved most of it. I wasn't too hot on the trial and the long lawyers' speeches.
I thought the translation was pretty great. Not that I know a lot about translating Russian literature, but I liked the feel and I could tell it was Dostoevsky and not Gogol or Tolstoy. I read the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation, and it came with a good tip: Karamazov is pronounced with a regular old Z, not a ZT sort of sound like Mozart. Who knew?
This is a pretty hopeless post really but hey everybody, read The Brothers Karamazov if you can! It's a great work of literature and a great experience too.