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Choosing the best Karamazov translation for you

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky is a true masterpiece, and I re-read it regularly. I also read it in English since many of the major Dostoyevsky commentators and scholars write in English. This book has many English translations, and I have gone back and forth between them before ending in the Oxford World's Classics version, translated by Ignat Avsey as “The Karamazov Brothers.” There is, of course, no “best”...

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Don’t lie to yourself

“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov By far, this is the quote by Dostoyevsky that has had the most...

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The Double by Dostoyevsky – a movie that saves this year of movies

[blockquote cite="Dostoyevsky" type="left, center, right"]We have all lost touch with life, we all limp, each to a greater or lesser degree.[/blockquote] No matter how hard Godzilla pounds its enemies, angry people chase bitter people in cars, or secret agents pretend to be happy, none of them beat this movie this year: The Double based on Dostoyevsky's work. An interesting take on what would happen if we met ourselves, but with different...

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