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Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Aug 19, 08

bookshelves: russian-novels
Read in August, 2008

Dosteovsky always amazes me. He captures the dark side of humanity so well. The characters in Demons are despicable each in their own surprising way - I found myself sympathizing with the most unsuspecting of characters. Demons takes a deep look at the power ideas can have over individuals and groups alike.

This is certainly not a book I would recommend for a first time Dosteovsky reader, however it is a good read if you like his writing and can handle sitting through 400 pages of character and plot development.

Make sure to get a translation (like the one I read by Peaver and Volokhnonsky) that includes the omitted Chapter 9 from part two. The chapter was removed from the book after numerous attempts by Dosteovsky to rewrite it to the satisfaction of his editor. It is a must read - since it adds a completely unseen facet to the character Stavrogin.
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