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Grand Inquinistor


Novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Human nature and freedom, and its fundamental ambiguity

The Grand Inquisitor” is a poem (a story within a story) inside Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov (1879–1880). It is recited by Ivan Karamazov, who questions the possibility of a personal and benevolent God, to his brother Alexei.