Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Published in 1880, set in nineteenth century Russia, this great novel captures all of the swirling philosophical, spiritual, religious, cultural change of the late nineteenth century. It is one of the great Russian novels, perhaps one of the great novels of all time. It raises all the big questions that matter with relentless honesty, stunning character portrayal, and unforgettable social context.