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Set in mid 19th-century Russia, Demons examines the effect of a charismatic but unscrupulous self-styled revolutionary leader on a group of credulous followers.Inspired by the true story of a political murder that horrified Russians in 1869, 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 ...

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Oct 8, 2009


This translation lets the book's wild life shine through. It's the most cinematic novel I've ever read, operatic too, with its vast variety of voices and dramatic ensemble and chorus scenes. Entertaining and occasionally hilarious as well as challenging and thought-provoking. The introduction and footnotes are useful and accessible. A great holiday gift (yes, really, I'm not kidding)!

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