Demons

Demons

Hardback

By (author) Fyodor Dostoevsky, Translated by Richard Pevear, Translated by Larissa Volokhonsky, Introduction by Joseph Frank

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  • Publisher: EVERYMAN'S LIBRARY
  • Format: Hardback | 784 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 208mm x 42mm | 821g
  • Publication date: 25 August 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1857151828
  • ISBN 13: 9781857151824
  • Sales rank: 139,579

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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-a novel that is rivaled only by The Brothers Karamazov as Dostoevsky's greatest. The award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky continue their acclaimed series of Dostoevsky translations with this novel, also known as The Possessed.

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"ÝAn admirable new translation of...Dostoevsky's masterpiece." -"New York Review of Books" "The merit in this edition of "Demons" resides in the technical virtuosity of the translators...They capture the feverishly intense, personal explosions of activity and emotion that manifest themselves in Russian life." -"New York Times Book Review"""Demons" is the Dostoevsky novel for our age...ÝPevear and Volokhonsky have managed to capture and differentiate the characters' many voices...They come into their own when faced with Dostoevsky's wonderfully quirky use of varied speech patterns...A capital job of restoration." -"Los Angeles Times" With an Introduction by Richard Pevear