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Demons : Penguin Classics - Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Penguin Classics


Published: May 2008
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Pyotr and 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 the group is about to be discovered, will their recruits be willing to kill one of their own circle in order to cover their tracks?

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 self-destruction of those who use violence to serve their beliefs.

Review by John Purcell

Nothing can prepare you for Demons (also published as The Devils, The Possessed). It has a dark, dark heart. I read it first as a young hothead and took it all very seriously. I re-read it when I was older and sadder and realised Dostoyevsky was making fun of young hotheads.

So it has something for everyone. The old fogies can tut tut at the idiocy of youth, while the young can rage at the corpse like inaction of the old. Which is what the book is about, really, that unbridgeable gap between youth and age.

Fiery, intelligent, thought-provoking, heart-breaking, frightening, disturbing - funny! - and ultimately unputdownable, Demons is the novel Dostoyevsky fans return to. It leaves young and old alike feeling uneasy and more awake to great questions of life.

(I do have to warn you however, it does have a slow start. Persevere, it's worth it.)

About the Author

Moscow-born Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) served time in a convict prison for his political alliances, and in his later years his passion for gambling led him deeply into debt. His novels include The Devils and The Brothers Karamazov. Ronald Wilks has translated numerous volumes for the Classics, including most recently Chekhov's stories and forthcoming editions of Tolstoy's stories, and Gogol's stories and plays.

? Dostoyevsky was the only psychologist from whom I had anything to learn: he belongs to the happiest windfalls of my life, happier even than the discovery of Stendhal.? ?Friedrich Nietzsche

Demonsp. 1
At Tikhon'sp. 749
List of Charactersp. 788
Notesp. 791
Glossaryp. 843
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fyodor Mikhailovitch Dostoevsky was a Russian writer and essayist, notably known for his novels Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov.
Dostoyevsky's literary output explores human psychology in the troubled political, social and spiritual context of 19th-century Russian society. Considered by many as a founder or precursor of 20th-century existentialism, his Notes from Underground (1864), written in the embittered voice of the anonymous "underground man", was called the "best overture for existentialism ever written" by Walter Kaufmann. A prominent figure in world literature, Dostoyevsky is often acknowledged by critics as one of the greatest psychologists in world literature. Freud said his book The Brothers Karamazov contained all the psychology.

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ISBN: 9780141441412
ISBN-10: 0141441410
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 880
Published: May 2008
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1