A superb new translation of Dostoyevsky?s chilling and prophetic novel of revolutionary fanaticismPyotr 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... show more
A superb new translation of Dostoyevsky?s chilling and prophetic novel of revolutionary fanaticismPyotr 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 lay down their lives to accomplish their goals. But when the group is threatened with exposure, will their recruits be willing to kill one of their own to cover their tracks? Savage and powerful yet lively and often comic, Demons was inspired by a real-life political murder and is a scathing and eerily prescient indictment of those who use violence to serve their beliefs.
Publish date: June 24th 2008
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 880
Edition language: English
This book, along with a number of other 'bricks', has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while and I realised that if I wanted to reduce number of books that I have not read I was going to have to tackle some of these 'bricks', so since I have already read some of Dostoevsky I decided that I would...
The quality and mastery of Dostoevsky’s vision, and his use of character and plot and pacing, are all on display in this marvelous work. It’s true that perhaps it doesn’t hold together as strongly as some of his other works; but it’s not true that this is a poor example of his work. In some ways, it...
Brilliant, in fact I think this is my favourite of all his books. Fantastic characterisation, dark humour, wonderful dialogue, interesting and complex philosophical ideas incorporated with a minimum of pretention and a great story - what more could one want?
In setting out to describe the recent and very strange events that took place in our town, hitherto not remarkable for anything, I am forced, for want of skill, to begin somewhat far back - namely, with some biographical details concerning the talented and much esteemed Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovens...
Not as great as I was lead to believe. Not up there with the best of his work. It's a little hard to accept the narrator who veers from a participant to omniscient, and back again. Some of the characters' actions are also hard accept, even in light of the Revolution in the next century. It's sti...
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