Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote many books in his illustrious writing career, but certainly none have matched the magnificence, both in intelligence and heart, of his final novel, The Brothers Karamazov. The book was actually published as a series in The Russian Messenger from January 1879 to November 1880.
Written in a first person narrative, The Brothers Karamazov focuses on the Karamazov family, whose youngest member Alexei Karamazov is our protagonist. The story is set in a small town in rural Russia, right after the abolition of serfdom in the 1860s. The masterpiece is filled with debates on God, free will, morality, family values, and the struggles faced by faith and spirituality against modern reason.
The Brothers Karamazov has made me want to stay alive, want to be hurt, want to have quandaries. It has taught me that morality in its truest form comes from the natural human mind. If you are to read only one book before you die, I encourage you to try The Brothers Karamazov. Here is a link for your immediate satisfaction: http://www.planetpublish.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/The_Brothers_Karamazov_NT.pdf