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I demonî

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  19,669 ratings  ·  709 reviews
Petr Verchovenskij, guidato ideologicamente dal demoniaco Stavrogin, è a capo di un'organizzazione nichilista e lega i suoi seguaci con una serie di delitti. L'ultima vittima è Satov, un ex-seguace convertitosi alla fede ortodossa. Per coprire il delitto Petr obbliga Kirillov a scrivere una lettera di autodenuncia, prima di suicidarsi. Altri delitti, apparentemente immotiv ...more
Paperback, ET Classici, 706 pages
Published 2006 by Einaudi (first published 1870)
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MJ Nicholls
Popular Culture: An Alphabetical Contempt. a) Let’s not mince words. All populist entertainment is repulsive, useless, dangerous and witheringly anti-intellectual. b) Except maybe Doctor Who. But that’s hardly Beckett, is it? c) I first became an intellectual snob in my late teens. I witnessed first hand the slow declension of burgeoning intellects through a routine of television, video games and a fear of reading books. d) How did I escape this declension? e) I learned words like declension. I ...more
Henry Avila
Winds of change are finally sweeping Czarist Russia , in the 1860's. Ideas good or bad , arrive too, they have been around for decades in the rest of Europe, this land is no longer isolated ... Socialism is the new fad for the intellectuals. The serfs have been freed by Alexander the Second, courts democratized, the death penalty seldom carried out, people can speak and write freely, up to a point. There is still Siberia for those who go over the line a little. And all the new railroads, will ge ...more
[Review in limbo]

I loved the Devil(s) out of the Possessed

How the Hell do I adequately review this? Once someone hits a certain genius with writing (or other forms of art), it is impossible to really grade their art. How could one grade Beethoven's great symphonies? Is Demons/Devils/the Possessed better than Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot? Tell me, do you prefer Matthew, Mark, Luke or John?

Dostoyevsky is writing the gospels man*. Greatness is not a bolus of achievement
Dostoevsky’s novel, Demons (often falsely translated The Possessed, thereby erroneously stressing the object rather than the subject), is one of his most powerful books, a socio-political work exploring 19th century ideas (the “demons”) current in Russia at the time, specifically European liberalism and nihilism in contrast to what was most important to Dostoevsky, Russian Orthodoxy, and in this sense the author seems a forerunner of Solzhenitzyn a century later, in our own time. At times the no ...more
Why the fuck did I decide to read this book?

Because it’s summer? And that’s when you’re supposed to delve into light reading? After all, what’s lighter than a wordy Russian meditation on the evils of atheism?

See, it’s my kid. She likes books. Specifically, she likes my books. She builds towers with them all over the floor and, for a while, this book was a Lego of choice. I can only trip over a book in the middle of the night so many times before I start to get curious about it. You could say tha
My favorite extended quote from Demons:

“Having devoted my energy to studying the question of the social organization of the future society which is to replace the present one, I have come to the conclusion that all creators of social systems from ancient times to our year have been dreamers, tale-tellers, fools who contradicted themselves and understood precisely nothing of natural science or of that strange animal known as man. Plato, Rousseau, Fourier, aluminum columns—this is fit perhaps for
all dostoevsky's usual tricks are here: his dense, documentary-like prose, succession of dialogue-heavy scenes leading up to a huge scandal, all his idiots and villains and beggers, his dark and keen psychological insight... yup, it's all in demons, but, goddamn, did i find this a chore to read. the characters, to me, felt too much as stand-ins for (albeit, insightful and interesting) ideas, and the plotting was laborious and repetitive... that said, it's amazing how the man laid out the breadcr ...more
Sidharth Vardhan
Wanna start with a 1984 like quote:

'He suggests a system of spying. Every member of the society spies on the others, and it's his duty to inform against them. Every one belongs to all and all to every one. All are slaves and equal in their slavery. In extreme cases he advocates slander and murder, but the great thing about it is equality. To begin with, the level of education, science, and talents is lowered. A high level of education and science is only possible for great intellects, and they
The quality and mastery of Dostoevsky’s vision, and his use of character and plot and pacing, are all on display in this marvelous work. It’s true that perhaps it doesn’t hold together as strongly as some of his other works; but it’s not true that this is a poor example of his work. In some ways, it exceeds all of them, particularly through voice and narrative instability.

There perhaps is some reticence to include it amongst the ‘greats’ due to politics and religion, both then and now. Dostoevs
Wael Mahmoud
I read many of Dostoyevsky's novels in Arabic translations many years ago, although they are poor translations from French and English copies, i considered Dostoyevsky as one of my top 5 novelists. The Possessed is my first English translation i read.

The greatest point of Dostoyevsky's art of novel is his characters, the most marginal character is will build and presented, there's no an ordinary shallow character. Sometimes Dostoyevsky forget one character then let it play an important role like
This is one of the few novels by Dostoyevsky that I haven't read, and I think it's not only his most political but also his most prescient in terms of today's world—particularly the individual faced with corrupt systems, the movement toward anarchy and rebellion, and the webs of power that bind all individuals to their oppressive societies no matter how hard they strive to be free of these restrictions.

I think Demons should be read after some of Dostoyevsky's more intricately plotted and deeper
This was my first foray into Russia's master of literature. I have to admit, I was on my way to the beach when I read this and I couldn't wait to start....I read this outloud to my husband as we drove.

A tale leading up to a political nightmare that was much too close to not be effected. The characters were diverse and yet none went untouched by the tragedy of men becoming slaves to their own ideas and fears.

I must admit that this is probably the only tale I've ever read where nearly everyone f
Hayley Smith-Kirkham
May 03, 2012 Hayley Smith-Kirkham is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Why I love Dostoevsky, in Three Parts:

I. "You should have seen him when he sat down to play cards in our club. His whole look seemed to say: 'Cards! Me sit down to play whist with you! Is it compatible? Who must answer for it? Who broke up my activity and turned it into whist? Ah, perish Russia!' and he would trump majestically with a heart."
He's hilarious. All of the time. Seriously, ALL OF THE TIME. His description of Karmazinov's article describing the shipwreck he witnessed almost brought me
Jack Waters
4.5 stars

Dostoevsky is a master of oscillating between the micro- and macrocosmic effects of societal and personal politicization. He uses his narrator to bring a personal take on the revolutionary aspirations of a young collective, whose vision is grandiose and suffocating to some, and determining and valorous to others. There are the various characters opining on the usual existential themes of god and godlessness, and the smallest variations of belief cause different characters to behave in e
Tom Choi
I read a version that carried the translated title of "The Possessed." Similarly, Albert Camus' dramatization of Dostoevsky's tale of foolhardy Russian nilhists shares the same title. But "Demons" may very well be a more faithful translation of the Russian title as it also evokes the episode from the Gospels (Jesus casts the demons out of men and the fleeing demons enter a herd of swine, and fall off a cliff...).

Of the 4 great novels by Dostovesky, C&P, The Bros K., "The Idiots" and this (a
☽ Moon Rose ☯
The political landscape of Russia on the precipice of change palpitates with fervent perspicacity in Demons as lucidly illustrated by the prophetic insights of Fyodor Dostoevsky, demonstrating the great power of thought to dominate as he envisions the extreme danger of an idea(s) in its pernicious might to gnash with its sharp fangs of terror a whole nation of people into a bloodied oblivion, falling head down into an abysmal dawn of death as an avalanche of chaos and destruction come thundering ...more
دوستويفسكى رفيق الأيام الصعبة
لأننى أبغض البشر وأتألم لى ولهم، وتمور بداخلى مشاعر متنافرة فى فَوَران لا يهدأ ولا يلين، يتركنى مضعضع الروح هامد الجسد، أتراوح بين قاع اليأس وذروة البهجة، وأشاهد بعينٍ مفتوحة على اتساعها المطلق، فى دهشة فُجائية واستكانة لا مبالية. بين القهقهة والربت على الظهر والضّم إلى الصدر وقوقعة الجسد تعصر القلب والميت لا يرجع من مكانٍ ذهب إليه والحى لا يعود إلى ما كان عليه وكل شىء فى تبدّل وكل كاملٍ إلى نقصان وكل ناقصٍ إلى عدم وكل عدمٍ إلى لا شىء، أفه
Excellent book, though you really have no clear idea of what is actually going on in the plot until about 300 pages in, so if you're reading it purely for a story, you may be tempted to put it down early.

If reading about a bunch of young anarchists causing trouble in a provincial Russian town, while various characters take a time out to discuss their atheism sounds like your idea of a fun Saturday night, order it now!
Ehsan Sharei
وسعت ِ ابعاد ِ اعتقادات ِ انسانی دارای مرزی مشخص نیست. در "شیاطین"، شخصیتها بینظیراند و مشابهشان در سایر آثار ادبیات کلاسیک نادر است. بعضی بسیار رنج میبرند، بعضی حد و مرزِ مازوخیسم را پشت سر گذاشتهاند و برای برخی قساوت به حد اعلا رسیده است. عدۀ دیگر دنیای درونی عجیب و منحصر به فردی دارند و تنهایند و در نهایت آنها که کمی بویی از انسانیت بردهاند بازیچه دست "شیاطین" اند. چیدمان زمانی ِ وقایع، خواننده را به نحو شگفت انگیزی در حسرت دانستن واقعیات قرار میدهد و او را بندهوار به دنبال خود میکشاند. از سو ...more
I finished this at a doctor's office, not my doctor's, but my wife's. She had the flu. When my wife was in the hospital a few years before that and on the door his name was posted adjacent to her's: Faith - Grief.

There's a great deal of both in this amazing novel. I should ask Dr. Grief if he likes Dostoevsky. I am afraid to as he looks as if he's only 15 years old.
David Sarkies
Sep 01, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who really like Dostoyevsky
Recommended to David by: Nobody in particular
Shelves: dark
A journey into the underside of revolutionary movements
1 September 2014

This book, along with a number of other 'bricks', has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while and I realised that if I wanted to reduce number of books that I have not read I was going to have to tackle some of these 'bricks', so since I have already read some of Dostoevsky I decided that I would start off with this one. The ironic thing was that when I checked the website for the Literary Classics Society, of which I am
☽ Moon Rose ☯
This very prophetic novel, of clashing ideals, will grip your thoughts till the last page, riveting as it is moving, it will carry you to unprecedented heights beyond words.

It is perhaps one of the best books I have ever read, IF NOT THE BEST . A must for all lovers of literature and a true testament of Dostoevsky's knack, not merely to entertain but provoke one's consciousness to plunge into a whirlpool of ideas.

I highly recommend the translation made by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky,
Читается трудно, в первую очередь потому, что примерно до сто пятидесятой страницы ничего не происходит. Сюжет стоит на месте, нельзя сказать, что буксует, явно все это не зря и, как потом оказывется, не впустую, но движения нет. Зато потом... оторваться невозможно! И не столько из-за сюжета, а от того, как постепенно, слоями, раскрываются перед тобой характеры героев. И оказывается, какие они, в большинстве своем, уроды. Причем уроды и подонки не от жизни тяжкой, а от природы. Казалось бы, и ар ...more
Just to clear things up: this book is the same as Dostoyevsky's Demons and The Devils!

No, I am not finishing this book. I have listened to 1/3. My reason is very simple: the discussion/theorizing about nihilism and God, with a spicy murder or two, suicides, and the “who-dunnit” question thrown in, are elements common to all four of the four books I have read by Dostoyevsky:

Crime and Punishment
The Idiot
The Possessed
The Brothers Karamazov

I have had enough, particularly since I have already read D
Vanja Antonijevic
This novel ("Demons") works on many levels. For example, in terms of plot, this book is a (1) suspense story about conspiracy and political mischief in a city. In within the suspense, (2) there is also a disheartening love story, and (3) a political element. Also, it is a philosophical novel (4) which discusses the existence of God, as well as (5) the corruptive power of some ideas.

At its most important, philosophical level, this book’s title hints at the main theme: “Demons”. What are these de
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öncelikle sevgili Rus yazarlar, neden üç isimli bir adamın ilk isminden kitabın en başında bahsederken, ortanca isminden kitabın taa bilmem neresinde sanki ben o karakteri doğumundan beri tanıyormuşumcasına bahsediyorsunuz. adil değil.

1.Rus insanına ve karakterine uyup uymadığına bakmaksızın batıdan-ahlakını değil bilimini alacaksın işte- kopyalanarak my dearest Russian citizense yamanmaya çalışılan bir takım nihilist fikirler, sosyalizm
Mixed signals from this book. Krilov, Peter, and Stargiwhatever had an extremely odd relationship. Like really really weird. Their character development put this book on a whole new level in the dialogue realm. NOTHING FUCKING HAPPENED. A DUDE GRABBED ANOTHER DUDES EAR, AND ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE. That's the power Dostoyevsky brings to the table. Hail
A huge, deeply disturbing and creepy novel. The madness and lunacy of people and the appalling poverty of life, physically, mentally and emotionally, is covered here. Stavrogin seems sociopathically cold at heart, Kirillov constantly 'rational' about his suicide plans but crying out for help in his own way - into a void of black nothingness that is the wall of the world - and then there is the irritating and insane Stepan Trofimovich with his flapping about and reams of endless words. His verbal ...more
This might be the most tragic novel I've ever read, so much so that I have difficulty justifying recommending it to anyone at all. The number of characters presented, each burdened with his or her own ideology, and the sincerity with which their ideas are often presented only makes it more deflating when that ideology ultimately destroys each and every one of them, but the questions raised by each of them about religion, existentialism, morality, socialism, and society make Demons an unquestiona ...more
At the end of it, enjoyed this more than Crime and Punishment. This may be from the incessant praise and talking up of C&P, and the criticism I have seen that describes 'Demons' to be under par in comparison to Dostoevsky's other works.

I honestly don't know why I am so drawn towards tragic Russian works, I think there is something unique in them that I just cannot put into words. Will be good to read The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov afterwards, and perhaps The Adolescent to work out whi
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Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский), sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th century novel.

Dostoevsky was the second son of a former army doctor. He was educated at home and at a private school. Shortly after the death
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“There are seconds, they come only five or six at a time, and you suddenly feel the presence of eternal harmony, fully achieved. It is nothing earthly; not that it's heavenly, but man cannot endure it in his earthly state. One must change physically or die. The feeling is clear and indisputable. As if you suddenly sense the whole of nature and suddenly say: yes, this is true. God, when he was creating the world, said at the end of each day of creation: 'Yes, this is true, this is good.' This . . . this is not tenderheartedness, but simply joy. You don't forgive anything, because there is no longer anything to forgive. You don't really love — oh, what is here is higher than love! What's most frightening is that it's so terribly clear, and there's such joy. If it were longer than five seconds — the soul couldn't endure it and would vanish. In those five seconds I live my life through, and for them I would give my whole life, because it's worth it. To endure ten seconds one would have to change physically . . . .” 51 likes
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