Demons: A Novel in Three Parts (Pevear / Volokhonsky Translation)

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Inspired by the true story of a political murder that horried 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.

Inspired by the true story of a political murder that horrified Russians in 1869, Fyodor Dostoevsky ...

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Overview

Inspired by the true story of a political murder that horried 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.

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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“[An] 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…[Pevear 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

Library Journal
Pevear and Volokhonsky have found critical acclaim with previous translations of Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov (Classic Returns, LJ 8/90), Crime and Punishment (Classic Returns, LJ 1/92), and Notes from Underground (Classic Returns, LJ 7/93). Their Demons should be equally respected.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679734512
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1995
  • Series: Vintage Classics Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 399,906
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 1.48 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Translators

   Richard Pevear has published translations of Alain, Yves Bonnefoy, Albert Savinio, and Pavel Florensky, as well as two books of poetry.  He has received fellowships for translation from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of the translation of The Brothers Karamazov. Larissa Volokhonsky was born in Leningrad.  She has translated the work of the prominent Orthodox theologians Alexander Schmemann and John Meyendorff.

   Pevear and Volokhonsky were awarded the PEN Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize for their version of The Brothers Karamazov. They are married and live in France

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  • Posted January 31, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    He's done it again.

    Simply, a masterpiece in a league of its own.<BR/><BR/>This ardent criticism that Dostoevsky has so masterfully weaved will forever have a place in the hearts of those who read it critically and spend time to understand the purpose behind every action.<BR/><BR/>Definitely something you would want to read in your lifetime...<BR/><BR/>*The Pevear / Volokhonsky Translation is the best one around.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2005

    One of his greatest novels

    I am in the process of finishing this novel and I have to say that it is one of my favorite novels. It is witty, yet deep, which makes an intriguing piece of work. I absolutely enjoyed this and believe I gained much insight into the workings and perspective of Russian society of that time. A must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2014

    ANGEL WALL

    Protects th city and everything else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    Tayna

    The girl came alone. She sat on a tree stump, turning on her phone and checking her mail.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    Zac

    He attacked devil and slit her throut...the demons saw devil and all piled on zac and attacked him...pulled on his fur and his ears and tail..then retreated...jason chad and michael draged him back to camp...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Brooke

    Follows

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    Lunas

    Nods."I swear."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    I love da Fido Dodo works!!!

    Sorry can't pronounce his name. My grandfather actually came up with that when my mom was a kid

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

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    Dostoyevsky's Best - Fantastic Translation

    A clever combination of tragedy and comedy, this is the most engaging and approachable of Dostoyevsky's longer masterpieces, and is translated by the masters of classic Russian lit translation. (Typing this on my phone, so unlike this wonderful author, I'll be brief).)

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