It has become a classic of Russian literature for its searing examination of human evil. The enigmatic Stavrogin dominates the novel. Stavrogin is portrayed as a man of strength without direction, capable of goodness and nobility. When Stavrogin loses his faith in God, however, he is seized by brutal desires he does not fully understand. In the end, Stavrogin hangs himself in what he believes is an act of generosity, and Stepan Verkhovensky is received into the church on his deathbed.
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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky ,. Richard Pevear Translator. Larissa Volokhonsky Translator. ISBN Inspired by the true story of a political murder that horrified Russians in , Fyodor Dostoevsky conceived of Demons as a "novel-pamphlet" in which he would say everything about the plague of materialist ideology that he saw infecting his native land.
What emerged was a prophetic and ferociously funny masterpiece of ideology and murder in pre-revolutionary Russia. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 1st by Vintage first published More Details Edition Language.
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We both read and enjoyed their translation of The Brothers Karamazov. See all 10 questions about Demons…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Demons. Popular Culture: An Alphabetical Contempt. All populist entertainment is repulsive, useless, dangerous and witheringly anti-intellectual.
I witnessed first hand the slow declension of burgeoning intellects through a routine of television, video games and a fear of reading books. I started to read books. Who cares about all that bulldash, the haw-hawing in ginsenged dining rooms? One day, I heard some Stravinsky and burst into tears.
The only way to grow as a human being through art is to confront difficulty, to embrace difficulty, and be pleasantly surprised when that effort translates into bliss. But I truly believe people who hide in dreary commercial art are betraying their capacity to think and improve and understand. View all 56 comments. If Raskolnikov hypnotised me, and Myshkin made me curse, the Devils have a slower, yet even more powerful impact on my mental equilibrium.
While I was reading the previous novels in a frenzy, without any interruptions, I had to take a prolonged break in the middle of this one. I thought I could deal with the Russian nationalist and orthodox mindset by now, but that was too much.
And the representative for the church, thrilled by the confession and completely without pity for the child, tells the murderer that he will be forgiven, if only he suffers enough to please god. First of all, what kind of a god is that, who encourages suffering, even finds delight and pleasure in it, but completely ignores the victim? What if I told my child that it is acceptable to brutally assault somebody as long as I see that he suffers afterwards - that the crime is actually laudable because it gives me a welcome opportunity to watch my child suffer duly?
Where is the educational police to arrest me for such parenting? He worries the murderer will turn into a laughing-stock if he publishes his confession. And also, the crime is far too common to raise any eyebrows. That scene made me close the book and not re-open it for weeks. This may be Dostoyevsky, and he may be a genius, but I have a limit to what I can take in.
And I am not willing to suffer to please any sadistic, patriarchal, sexually biased and oppressive god. Self-sacrifice is not a virtue in my worldview, it is a vice which generates violence - often resulting in horrible crimes committed against innocent people without connection to the fanatics who believe they are being religious heroes by promoting suffering.
And I am doing it all for you! I want to be seen! It is all about ME! My confession is to be read publicly, so people talk about ME! And it is ME suffering, not that inelegant little girl, who was driven mad.
We are not talking about her, it is MY suffering we are looking at. MY right to be seen as a hero in pain for the sake of penitence! And I come to the conclusion that I am trying to square a circle when I want to reconcile the evil characters and the theological idea.
That was my question, and it is wrong. It is not good. It just is. Once I have dumped my connection between ethics and religion, and accepted the reality of the characters, I can read on. And I am happy I did. The Devils at work!
Who are the devils? They are a group of radical socialists, trying to impose another kind of absolute truth on a confused and explosive nation, foreshadowing the Russian Revolution and its inhumane aspects perfectly.
As a document of historical processes, I found Devils to be incredibly enlightening, as it shows why Russia was incapable of transforming a patriarchal tyranny into a liberal democracy. The new ideas are propagated in the same religiously exclusive way as the old doctrine. There is one absolute truth, which all have to live by, and it will be forced upon the people by using violence. Socialist or tsarist power - the question is only which party is militarily stronger.
Both have their blind followers and their holy dogma to keep people on track. In both cases, self- sacrifice is the motor which drives the destructive action. In both cases, the tirade in the Revelation about being spewed out by god your chosen infallible idea! Who has the greatest soul, who dies in the most visibly dramatic way? And that means she commits the crime of being lukewarm. Devils is harrowing, darkly funny, brilliantly told. It is a masterpiece.
It is recommended to all who want to understand the strange patterns of sexual, political and ritual power that charismatic men exert over dependent people - even to this day!
A tale so deeply unethical, it is a challenge to read. A worthwhile challenge though! View all 64 comments. It is considered one of the four masterworks written by Dostoyevsky after his return from Siberian exile, along with Crime and Punishment , The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov Demons is a social and political satire, a psychological drama, and large scale tragedy. View all 5 comments.
Mar 06, Darwin8u rated it it was amazing Shelves: , aere-perennius. Once someone hits a certain genius with writing or other forms of art , it is impossible to really grade their art.
Wikipedia Book - The Possessed. Download M4B MB. If you are not in the USA, please verify the copyright status of these works in your own country before downloading, otherwise you may be violating copyright laws. Download cover art Download CD case insert. Although titled The Possessed in the initial English translation, Dostoyevsky scholars and later translations favour the titles The Devils or Demons. An extremely political book, Demons is a testimonial of life in Imperial Russia in the late 19th century. As the revolutionary democrats begin to rise in Russia, different ideologies begin to collide.
The Possessed – Fyodor Dostoevsky (1959)
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