The Possessed

The Possessed

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by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
     
 

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The novel takes place in a provincial Russian setting, primarily on the estates of Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovensky and Varvara Stavrogina. Stepan Trofimovich's son, Pyotr Verkhovensky, is an aspiring revolutionary conspirator who attempts to organize a knot of revolutionaries in the area. He considers Varvara Stavrogina's son, Nikolai, central to his plot because he

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The novel takes place in a provincial Russian setting, primarily on the estates of Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovensky and Varvara Stavrogina. Stepan Trofimovich's son, Pyotr Verkhovensky, is an aspiring revolutionary conspirator who attempts to organize a knot of revolutionaries in the area. He considers Varvara Stavrogina's son, Nikolai, central to his plot because he thinks Nikolai Stavrogin has no sympathy for mankind whatsoever.

Verkhovensky gathers conspirators like the philosophizing Shigalev, suicidal Kirillov, and the former military man Virginsky, and he schemes to solidify their loyalty to him and each other by murdering Ivan Shatov, a fellow conspirator. Verkhovensky plans to have Kirillov, who was committed to killing himself, take credit for the murder in his suicide note. Kirillov complies and Verkhovensky murders Shatov, but his scheme falls apart. He escapes, but the remainder of his aspiring revolutionary crew is arrested. In the denouement of the novel, Nikolai Stavrogin kills himself, tortured by his own misdeeds.

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ISBN-13:
9780451517470
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/01/1962
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Possessed 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Brownis More than 1 year ago
I personally love this book and all works by Dostoyevsky. I was happy to find this copy for only a dollar, but I guess you get what you pay for. This ebook was very difficult to read due to errors. There would be random symbols and numbers in the middle of sentences. This book, however fascinating, is not light reading, and these errors really throw you off when your trying to read. Avoid this copy, but definitely get the book. I would recommend getting the Barnes and Noble edition or buying it in print. Also, Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov is one of my favorites, and I recommend it to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. One of my favorites by Dostoyevsky. This is a nice edition, with no errors. The person who said it has errors must be reviewing another version, as mine was error free.