"The Brothers Karamazov" is a passionate philosophical novel set in 19th century of Russia that enters deeply into the ethical debates of God, free will, and morality. It is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, and reason, set against a modernizing Russia. The plot of the novel revolves around the murder of perhaps one of the most despicable characters ever created, Fyodor Karamazov, and the investigation and trial that follows, which swirl around the role played by his three sons: the impulsive and sensual Dmitri or Mitya, the coldly rational Ivan and the healthy, red-cheeked young novice Alyosha. Dostoyevsky uses a drama of parricide of Shakespearean proportions - and family rivalry - to examine his own contradictions and struggles between faith and reason, love and hate, duty and abandon. Frequently lurid, nightmarish, always brilliant, the novel plunges the reader into a sordid love triangle, a pathological obsession, and a gripping courtroom drama.