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Devils

ISBN : 9780199540495

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¥1,826
Author: 
Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Michael R. Katz
Pages
800 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
128 x 196 mm
Pub date
May 2008
Series
Oxford World's Classics
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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 radicals in 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 of political 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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Edited and translated by Michael R. Katz, Professor of Slavic Languages, the University of Texas at Austin

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