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The Grand Inquisitor (dramatic reading)

The Grand Inquisitor (dramatic reading) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
By: (1821-1881)

The Grand Inquisitor is a parable told by Ivan to Alyosha in Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov (1879–1880). Ivan and Alyosha are brothers; Ivan questions the possibility of a personal, benevolent God and Alyosha is a novice monk. The Grand Inquisitor is an important part of the novel and one of the best-known passages in modern literature because of its ideas about human nature and freedom, and because of its fundamental ambiguity. In the tale, Christ comes back to earth in Seville at the time of the Inquisition. He performs a number of miracles (echoing miracles from the Gospels). The people recognize him and adore him, but he is arrested by Inquisition leaders and sentenced to be burnt to death the next day. The Grand Inquisitor visits him in his cell to tell him that the Church no longer needs him. The main portion of the text is the Inquisitor explaining to Jesus why his return would interfere with the mission of the church.

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The Brothers Karamazov

Translated from the Russian of

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

by Constance Garnett

The Lowell Press

New York


Part I Book I. The History Of A Family Chapter I. Fyodor Pavlovitch Karamazov Chapter II. He Gets Rid Of His Eldest Son Chapter III. The Second Marriage And The Second Family Chapter IV. The Third Son, Alyosha Chapter V. Elders Book II. An Unfortunate Gathering Chapter I. They Arrive At The Monastery Chapter II. The Old Buffoon Chapter III. Peasant Women Who Have Faith Chapter IV. A Lady Of Little Faith Chapter V. So Be It! So Be It! Chapter VI. Why Is Such A Man Alive? Chapter VII. A Young Man Bent On A Career Chapter VIII. The Scandalous Scene Book III. The Sensualists Chapter I. In The Servants' Quarters Chapter II... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - July 18, 2014
Subject: Loved the book
Some chapters are rather poorly read though. People who do no research on how to pronounce Russian names correctly, should not be reading such books at all. Also, authors who are very slow and have speech defects should resist an urge to volunteer for the audio books recordings. Overall, I still thank you for your efforts and time.
August 15, 2013
Has a dozen or so different readers. There are some very well read sections and some rather poor. Despite this, I was able to follow all readers clearly.
Reviewer: - May 2, 2013
Subject: Brothers Karamazov
The reader for Book 7 chapter 1 - Alyosha is horrendously poor! Is it even a human reading it?

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