The Devils

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'Devils' ('Besy'), also known in English as 'The Possessed' and 'The Demons' is 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 the radicals 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. The novel is full of buffoonery and
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Overview

'Devils' ('Besy'), also known in English as 'The Possessed' and 'The Demons' is 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 the radicals 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. 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.
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"We are indebted to Michael R. Katz for an accurate and imaginative new rendition of the greatest political novel ever written."—Maurice Friedberg, University of Illinois

"I am delighted to have this new translation available for students — a highly readable translation and an affordable edition. This is long overdue!"—Byron Lindsey, University of New Mexico

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140440355
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1954
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 694,702
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881), one of nineteenth-century Russia’s greatest novelists, spent four years in a convict prison in Siberia, after which he was obliged to enlist in the army. In later years his penchant for gambling sent him deeply into debt. Most of his important works were written after 1864, including Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov, all available from Penguin Classics.

David Magarshack was known for his many translations from his native Russian, including works by Dostoyevsky.

David Magarshack was known for his many translations from his native Russian, including works by Dostoyevsky.

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Table of Contents

The DevilsTranslator's Introduction

Part One
1. By way of an Introduction: a few details from the biography of the greatly esteemed Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovensky
2. Prince Harry. A Marriage Proposal
3. Another Man's Sins
4. The Cripple
5. The Wise Serpent

Part Two
1. Night
2. Night (continued)
3. The Duel
4. All Agog
5. Before the Fête
6. Peter Verkhovensky is Busy
7. At Virginsky's
8. Ivan the Crown-Prince
9. Stepan Verkhovensky is Raided
10. Filibusters. A Fatal Morning

Part Three
1. The Fête. Part One
2. The End of the Fête
3. The End of a Love Affair
4. The Last Decision
5. The Globe Trotter
6. A Very Busy Night
7. Stepan Verkhovensky's Last Pilgrimage
8. Conclusion

Appendix: Stavrogin's Confession

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