Demons, Paperback Book
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Demons, also known as The Possessed or The Devils, is a dark masterpiece that evokes a world where the lines between and good and evil long ago became blurred.

This Penguin Classics edition of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Demons is translated by Robert A.

Maguire and edited by Ronald Meyer, with an introduction by Robert L.

Belknap. Pyotr Verkhovensky and Nikolai Stavrogin are the leaders of a Russian revolutionary cell.

Their aim is to overthrow the Tsar, destroy society and seize power for themselves.

Together they train terrorists who are willing to go to any lengths to achieve their goals - even if the mission means suicide.

But when it seems their motley group is about to be discovered, will their recruits be willing to kill one of their own circle in order to cover their tracks?

As the ensuing investigation and trial reveal the true identity of the murderer, Dostoyevsky's and everyone's faith in humanity is tested. Partly based on the real-life case of a student murdered by his fellow revolutionaries, Dostoyevsky's sprawling novel is a powerful and prophetic, yet lively and often comic depiction of nineteenth-century Russia, and a savage indictment of the madness and nihilism of those who use violence to serve their beliefs.

Robert A. Maguire's superb translation captures Dostoyevsky's vigorous prose.

In his introduction, Robert L. Belknap discusses Dostoyevsky's own revolutionary activities, his narrative technique and use of different genres, and the background of Radicalism in Imperial Russia.

Edited by Ronald Meyer, this volume also includes a chronology, further reading, notes and a glossary. Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) was born in Moscow.

From 1849-54 he lived in a convict prison, and in later years his passion for gambling led him deeply into debt.

His other works available in Penguin Classics include Crime & Punishment, The Idiot and Demons. If you enjoyed Demons, you might like Joris-Karl Huysmans' The Damned (La-Bas), also available in Penguin Classics.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 880 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780141441412

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This is one of the few novels by Dostoyevsky that I haven't read, and I think it's not only his most political but also his most prescient in terms of today's world—particularly the individual faced with corrupt systems, the movement toward anarchy and rebellion, and the webs of power that bind all individuals to their oppressive societies no matter how hard they strive to be free of these restrictions.<br/><br/>I think <i>Demons</i> should be read after some of Dostoyevsky's more intricately plotted and deeper psychological work, novels like <i>Crime and Punishment</i> and <i>The Brothers Karamazov</i> especially. The latter is the most fresh Dostoyevsky is my mind as I was reading through <i>Demons</i>, and the dialogue that the texts struck up with one another made <i>Demons</i> more profound, deeply affecting, and an immense achievement. <br/><br/>Every sentence was a joy and a small heartbreak. This will have me moving rereads of Dostoyevsky's work higher up on my to-read list, without any doubt. What an amazing book.

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This is one of the few novels by Dostoyevsky that I haven't read, and I think it's not only his most political but also his most prescient in terms of today's world—particularly the individual faced with corrupt systems, the movement toward anarchy and rebellion, and the webs of power that bind all individuals to their oppressive societies no matter how hard they strive to be free of these restrictions.<br/><br/>I think <i>Demons</i> should be read after some of Dostoyevsky's more intricately plotted and deeper psychological work, novels like <i>Crime and Punishment</i> and <i>The Brothers Karamazov</i> especially. The latter is the most fresh Dostoyevsky is my mind as I was reading through <i>Demons</i>, and the dialogue that the texts struck up with one another made <i>Demons</i> more profound, deeply affecting, and an immense achievement. <br/><br/>Every sentence was a joy and a small heartbreak. This will have me moving rereads of Dostoyevsky's work higher up on my to-read list, without any doubt. What an amazing book.