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The Brothers Karamazov

January 23-March 13, 2023Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm (eight sessions)
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205


The American novelist Walker Percy described The Brothers Karamazov as “maybe the greatest novel of all time . . . . [it] almost prophesies and prefigures everything—all the bloody mess and the issues of the 20th century.” It’s fair to extend Percy’s observation to include the mess of the present century as well. The Brothers K is Dostoevsky’s masterpiece: a gripping tale of murder and family conflict that explores profound questions of faith, doubt, free will, morality, and the existence of God. The novel’s structure is equally complex, featuring multiple narrators and shifting points of view, and a wide cast of characters and voices. Dostoevsky considered the book a complete expression of his thinking about the human condition.

This Delve will offer participants the opportunity to read Dostoevsky’s great novel closely and attentively. We will discuss the book as a work of art as well as a philosophical enquiry; consider its historical and cultural influences and contexts; its reception and legacy; and the enduring relevance of its themes.

The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky (Picador, 1990; trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)

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Sara Atwood

Sara Atwood teaches English literature and writing at Portland Community College and Portland State University. She is Co-Director of the Ruskin Society of North America and has lectured widely, both in the US and abroad, on John Ruskin, education, the environment, and language. Her work has been published in Nineteenth-Century Prose, The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, and Carlyle Studies Annual. She is the author of Ruskin’s Educational Ideals and has contributed essays to a number of books, including Teaching Victorian Literature in the Twenty-First Century, John Ruskin and Nineteenth-Century Education, William Morris and John Ruskin, and Victorian Environmental Nightmares.
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