The Brothers Karamazov
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Dostoevsky's last novel, which the author wrote for two years.
Dostoevsky conceived the novel as the first part of the epic novel "the Story of the Great sinner". The work was completed in November 1880. The writer died two months after publication.
The novel touches on deep questions: about God, freedom, morality.
Despite the fact that Dostoevsky died "in the midst of all-Russian and on the threshold of world fame", and also had a reliable political reputation as the author of "Demons", the censorship authorities of Russia did not pass him by. In 1886, the St. Petersburg censorship Committee banned the passage "the Story of elder Zosima" for public reading because of the "mystical-social doctrine that disagrees with the spirit of the teaching of the Orthodox faith and the Church and the existing order of state and public life". In 1896, the possibility of including the passage "Believing women" in the program of schools was considered. The Rapporteur noted the inconsistency of certain aspects of the novel "Orthodox Christian doctrine" and the excess of the understanding of peasant children. In 1898, at a meeting of the Scientific Committee, the idea of allowing local governments to determine acceptable books for people's reading rooms was rejected. The speaker noted that in" Brothers Karamazov " the ordinary reader will find "a number of eccentric personalities < ... > stories or conversations <...> a long series of thoughts and judgments on various issues philosophical-theological and Church-civil". In the end, the censors 'verdict was:" the complete works of F. M. Dostoevsky, which now appears in the catalogues of books for these readers, should be excluded from it at the next edition of this catalog."