Devils

Paperback | June 8, 2008

byFyodor Dostoevsky, Michael R. Katz

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Devils, also known in English as The Possessed and The Demons, was first published in 1871-2. The third of Dostoevsky's five major novels, it is at once a powerful political tract and a profound study of atheism, depicting the disarray which follows the appearance of a band of modish radicalsin a small provincial town. Dostoevsky compares infectious radicalism to the devils that drove the Gadarene swine over the precipice in his vision of a society possessed by demonic creatures that produce devastating delusions of rationality. Dostoevsky is at his most imaginatively humorous in Devils: the novel is full of buffoonery and grotesque comedy. The plot is loosely based on the details of a notorious case of political murder, but Dostoevsky weaves suicide, rape, and a multiplicity of scandals into a compelling story ofpolitical evil. This new translation also includes the chapter `Stavrogin's Confession', which was initially considered to be too shocking to print. In this edition it appears where the author originally intended it.

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Devils, also known in English as The Possessed and The Demons, was first published in 1871-2. The third of Dostoevsky's five major novels, it is at once a powerful political tract and a profound study of atheism, depicting the disarray which follows the appearance of a band of modish radicalsin a small provincial town. Dostoevsky compa...

Michael R. Katz, Professor of Slavic Languages, the University of Texas at Austin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:800 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.51 inPublished:June 8, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199540497

ISBN - 13:9780199540495

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