DEMONS is a testimonial of life in Imperial Russia in the late 19th century. As the revolutionaries begin to rise in Russia, different ideologies collide. Dostoyevsky casts a critical eye on both the left-wing idealists, portraying their ideas and ideological foundation as demonic, and the conservative establishment's ineptitude in dealing with those ideas and their social consequences. The novel explores Russia at a political and social crossroads as it moves, usually unwillingly, toward modernism.
About the Author
Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) was a noted Russian writer of novels, short stories and essays. The second of seven children, Dostoyevsky was born into a devout Christian family and grew up on the grounds of Mariinsky Hospital, where his father was a doctor. A budding intellectual, Dostoyevsky was exiled to Siberia in 1849 for alleged anti-Tsarist activities. His formative exposure to the poor and oppressed in Moscow and his exile to Siberia profoundly shaped his writing.