Fyodor, a buffoonish man who is the father of three sons and rumored to have sired a fourth and illegitimate son. The three brothers: Dimitri, like his father a playboy with a taste for women and wine; Ivan, the second son by another wife who is concerned with the suffering he sees in the world; and Alexei, the third brother who is studying in a Russian Orthodox monastery. The fourth: Pavel, who is a servant to his father. You will meet these characters and others in this sweeping novel of Russian life. The novel, often considered Dostoyevsky’s premier achievement, is a drama of moral struggles centered on faith, doubt, judgment and reason and is set against the backdrop of modernizing Russia. And if that’s not enough there is a parricide. If you read the novel years ago or never read it and want to read a 19th century classic, join us as we read and discuss this enthralling work: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, translated by David
McDuff (Penguin Classics, 2003).