The Brothers Karamazov
A top-tener on any list of great novels, this work by Dostoyevsky is one of the few foreign novels I'd insist everyone read even in English, rather than force potential readers to first learn the original language (Russian, in case you didn't know) - though I can think of two more Russian novels I'd also recommend. But more on that later.
Religious, philosophical, metaphysical, The Brothers Karamazov is a great mystery novel, the mystery being not "Who killed the Father Karamazov," but the Nietzschean question of "Who Killed God?" - and what are we to do with Christ and Christianity, now that God is dead . . . or is He?
Labels: Literary Criticism