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Dostoevsky's work turned into a three-part play by Camus. Nihilism & individualism brought to the foreground thru the eyes of Russian intellectualism. The Possessed is Albert Camus' last work. He died 1/4/1960. It's considered one of his finest achievements.
Paperback, 190 pages
Published March 12th 1964 by Vintage (first published 1959)
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Fernando
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Todo el mundo sabe que soy un ferviente admirador de Fiódor Dostoievski y el hecho de que un grande de la literatura como Albert Camus haya tenido a “Los Demonios” (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), del gran autor ruso como uno de los libros que más lo influenciaron en su carrera hizo que esa admiración fuera más grande aún.
Y Camus, a quien ya leí en “El Extranjero” sigue maravillandome por su estilo literario tan particular. No vamos a dudar que Dostoievski influenció a muchos autores
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Mohammad Sadegh Rafizadeh
دیگه چی بهتر از اینکه، یکی از بهترین کتاب های زندگیت( اگر نگم بهترین) بوسیله یکی از بهترین نویسنده های قرن بیستم تبدیل نمایشنامه بشه، هرچند نمایشنامه با کتاب اصلی داستایفسکی مایل ها فاصله دارد ولی همین که نمایشنامه چنین کتابه با عظمتی و می خونی خود لذتی وصف ناپذیر دارد.
با همه این اوصاف نباید از فضاسازی زیبا کامو و ترجمه دلنشین خشایار دیهیمی هم غافل شد.
Luís C.
The text of this stage adaptation of Dostoyevsky Russian novel was written by Albert Camus using the text "possessed" but also to "the confession of Stavrogin" and diaries kept by Dostoyevsky while writing the novel.
Albert Camus, with its powerful and elegant style, extracted from this Russian masterpiece a dark and blazing room.
Negar Ghadimi
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-همین هفته یه بیانیه ی اعتراضی رو امضا کردم.
-بیانیه ی اعتراضی علیه چی؟
-نمیدونم. اعتراض به ... اَه، یادم رفته. باید اعتراض کرد. همین.
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اگه به خدا معتقد باشی، مجبوری تن به داغون کردنِ همه چی ندی و اگه تن به داغون کردنِ همه چی ندی، باید فقط مزخرف بگی و مهمل ببافی... من همه چیزو خراب می کنم و بقیه باید بسازن. دیگه حرفِ اصلاحات رو نباید زد. هرچی که اصلاح بشه، وضع بدتر میشه. مردم هرچه زودتر دست به خراب کردن بشن، بهتره. باید با خراب کردن شروع کرد.
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مسعود حسینی
کامو به خوبی رو نقاط عطف و کلیدی داستان انگشت گذاشته، طوری که می توان نمایشنامه را به عنوان چکیده ای از نسخه اصلی اثر خواند، و این با توجه به حجم هزار صفحه ایه کتاب اصلی بسیار مغنتم است.
برایم جالب بود که کامو هم گاه بر همان نقاطیذاز داستان انگشت تأکید گذاشته که من! و مثلا گفتگوی کیریلوف و استاوروگین و ادعای کیریلوف مبنی بر اینکه حتی تجاوز به دختربچه ای ۱۲ ساله هم "خیر" است!
Sara
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, plays
La trama en sí no ha acabado de convencerme, pero como siempre el estilo de Camus me ha encantado. Ciertos personajes, como el del ingeniero, me han parecido también de lo más destacables.
Barbara Justiniano
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This play was absolutely fantastic! It's short but packed full of meaning. I haven't read Dostoevsky's book which the play was based on but I have read enough Dostoevsky to understand and appreciate the themes going on in the play. This short play touches on the political unrest in Russia at the time as well as Atheism and Nihilism. I really enjoyed it so much so that now I absolutely must read the work by Dostoevsky for which it was based on. Any Dostoevsky or Camus fan will surely appreciate t ...more
Krumpet
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Un bébé entre Dostoïevski (et son milliard de personnages) et du théâtre (et sa durée limitée, sa difficulté à faire connaitre les personnages). J'ai pas trop aimé du coup parce que ça a complètement anesthésié mon empathie.
Núria
'Los demonios' (a veces también traducida como 'Los endemoniados' o 'Los poseídos' o 'Los posesos') es probablemente mi novela favorita de Dostoievsky (a veces también escrito Dostoyevski o Dostoievski, o Dosto para los amigos). Parece que también era la favorita de Albert Camus, tanto que se propuso el reto de adaptarla para el teatro, algo que prácticamente era un suicidio, dada la extensión de la novela, la gran cantidad de personajes y tramas (tramas que al principio están alejadas pero se v ...more
Ahmed
المجانين : رواية لديستويفسكي و حولها مسرحية البير كامي / عندما تقراء كتاب هو في الاصل عبارة عن رواية كتبها ديستويفسكي و يحولها البير كامي الي مسرحية فتأكد انك تقراء كتاب غير عادي تحتاج الي تفكير عميق في كل سطر و في كل صفحة
شخصيات المسرحية حوالي عشرون شخصية كل شخصية تحمل تيار مختلف و كل شخصية لها فكر و كل شخصية تحتاج من القارىء تفكير عميق .. محور و اساس الحديث في هذة المسرحية عن التنظيمات الفوضوية في روسيا بوجه خاص .. و الكلام بعموم اللفظ فهي عن الافكار الفوضوية و اللاسلطوية التي تسعي الي التدمير
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Tracy
May 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
based on Dostoevsky's The Devils
metaphor
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: albert-camus
Why does everybody expect of me what no one expects of anyone else ? Why must I endure what no one endures and accept burdens that no one could carry?
Cristina Chițu
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it
KIRILOV: But the idea that they will suffer keeps them from killing themselves. Even when one knows there is no pain, the idea remains. Just imagine a stone as big as a house falling on you.You wouldn't have time to feel anything, to suffer at all. Well, even so, men are afraid and hesitate. It is interesting.
GRIGORIEV: There must be another reason.
KIRILOV: Yes . . . The other world.
GRIGORIEV: YOU mean punishment.
KIRILOV: NO, the other world. People think there is a reason for going on living.
GR
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Nathan
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
No discredit to Camus, but it was just too overwhelming a task to convert Dostoevski's chunky novel with its vast ensemble to the stage. The scenes often feel rushed, although is done for dramatic towards the dramatic conclusion, and even with Camus' character list truncation there wasn't enough time to absorb everyone. I'd love to see how this could translate to performance, but despite Camus' undeniable ability in conveying rich ideas in a minimalist, participatory fashion, i wanted more time ...more
Julio Andres Astudillo
¡Increíble! Es de esas obras que se te quedan impregnadas después de un tiempo, como esa esencia con la que los dioses se deleitaban. Los Posesos, llega a su paroxismo casi al final de la obra, y usa un ejemplo situado en un Evangelio, el de San Lucas para ser exacto.
Es increíble el despliegue de la situación para poder darle esa atribución al significado de posesión de unos individuos; la mente corroída, la alienación, aquellas ideas insondables e infranqueables de esas personas nihilistas, so
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Kien Pham
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Actually did not know the play was based on a renowned novel before going into this, and now that I do I think Camus did a fine job adapting it into a theatrical read. The play is a good critique on the absurdity and dangers of nihilism, to the point of being near a parody of the belief system.
Would still recommend the original work though.
ميلاد أمين
سوف أحطم كل شيئ، لا إصلاح لا تعديل ، كلما أصلحنا وعدلنا كلما ازذاذ الأمر سوءاً. وكلما أسرعنا في البدء في التدمير، كلما كان هذا أحسن. التدمير أولاً . وما بعد ذلك لا يدخل في شؤوننا ، الباقي ترهات ، ترهات ، ترهات
Varniit Nigam
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Won't say much about this one since I have mixed feelings about Camus's adaptation from Dostoevsky's novel so GO AND READ IT YOURSELF AND REALIZE IT.
Arto Marashelian
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i never imagined i will live, feel and interact this much while reading a play.
well i beleive a book originally created by Dostoevsky and edited to be a play by Camus must give you the shining headline to start the enthusiasm to sit and enjoy this book.
an easy five stars without any hesitation.
living in a era a lot of people being possessed by ideas that it is totally wrong and most of them know it is wrong but the fear to be disqualified once you speak a different mind or idea or even dare to c
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Puri Kencana Putri
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Took a while to finish this book, since I'm on my hiatus from thesis. The story is pretty much similar with the previous play 'the Just', however, there are so many characters that I need to remember. Surely, there are plenty of significant dialogues to remember too. I'll get one of them here from the conversation between Tihon and Stavrogin:

Tihon: My faith is imperfect.
Stavrogin: Yes, yes. But, in my opinion, faith must be perfect or there is no faith. That's why I'm an atheist.
Tihon: The comp
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Peter Landau
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Camus and Dostoevsky, two great tastes that taste great together. Here Camus the playwright is adapting a novel by the Russian master, a book that Camus says is one of the most influential pieces of literature for him. There’s a bridge of understanding between the two great artists. They both were directly speaking to their times and embed their work with a moral authority that separated them from both the art-for-arts-sake crowd and propagandists. After having read a book of Camus’ original pla ...more
وائل المنعم
إذا ما جذبتك المسرحية لأي سبب من الأسباب فالفضل كله لعمل ديستويفسكي. هل افترض كامي أن كل متابع لمسرحيته قرأ رواية ديستويفسكي، إذا كانت الإجابة بنعم فإن المعالجة بها الكثير من الحشو وكان من الممكن اختصارها وتركيزها، إذا كانت الإجابة بلا فالمسرحية عمل مفكك ضعيف البناء والشخصيات سطحية. كل جوانب العمل المسرحي متواضعة حتى أن مشهد درامي بالأساس عرض بروعة في الرواية كان باهتا وضعيفا في المسرحية وهو مشهد بيوتر وكيرلوف قبل انتحار الأخير.
Ryan
Sep 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Dostoyevsky adapted by Camus. Though good, it feels like an homage, which it is, more than a work by Camus. The cover, which seems like a bunch of Algerians in jellabas, makes me long for a more Camus-esque version set in North Africa. Seems doable ... if I were a theater student it'd definitely go in my project queue.
Xitsuka
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literature
Some episodes that I personally thought important was chopped off. Camus's interpretation of Stavrogin was a nihilist; personally, I thought he was a more advanced version of it -- a Lucifer, a figure that Turgenev failed to establish.

Will elaborate more on this.
Mozhdeh Ariannezhad
دوست دارم رمان رو بخونم تا شخصیتها رو بهتر بشناسم و همینطور فضای داستان رو. خوندن نمایشنامهای با این همه شخصیت کمی سخت بود. ...more
Bryan
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very confusing play at the start, not unlike the novel on which it is based, but the story becomes clearer as the play progresses. In the end it becomes a tragedy of Shakespearian proportions.
Ali
Mar 19, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: plays
adapted from Dostaevsky
تسخیر شدگان یک نمایش نامه ی نسبتن ضعیف است که کامو از رمان داستایوسکی آداپته کرده است.
Giorgi Komakhidze
Genius at work!
Rc
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
young suicide revealed through crack in the door

ravine
Russell
Sep 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
It is Albert Camus again at his greatest. Nihilism, intellectualism, the need to progress politically and in human terms. The need for a revolution.
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