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Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. What emerged was a prophetic and ferociously funny masterpiece of ideology and murder in pre-revolutionary Russia. Paperbackpages. Published August 1st by Vintage first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Demonsplease sign up. Can anybody recommend a good translation into English for this book?
We both read and enjoyed their translation of …more My son just recommended that I make sure to get the Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky translation. We both read and enjoyed their translation of The Brothers Karamazov. Best translation endemoniaados Dostoyevsky ‘s Demons with critical apparatusnamelynotes and introduction? Thank you kindly in advance. To the point where things dostoieevski no sense in English sometimes, which is fine.
Any translation except Garnett is fine.
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See all 9 questions about Demons…. Lists with This Book. All populist entertainment is repulsive, useless, dangerous and witheringly anti-intellectual. I witnessed first hand the slow declension of burgeoning intellects through a routine of television, video games and a fear of reading books. I started to read books. Who cares about all that bulldash, the haw-hawing in ginsenged dining rooms? One day, I heard some Stravinsky and burst into tears.
The only way to grow as a human being through art is to confront difficulty, to embrace difficulty, and be pleasantly surprised when that effort translates into bliss. But I truly believe people who hide in dreary commercial art are betraying their capacity to think and improve and understand. View all 49 comments. Reading Dostoyevsky is a bit like spending time with close family members with a diametrically opposed worldview: If Raskolnikov hypnotised me, and Myshkin made me curse, the Devils have a slower, yet even more powerful impact on my mental equilibrium.
While I was reading the previous novels in a frenzy, without any interruptions, I had to take a prolonged break in the middle of this one.
I thought I could deal with the Russian nationalist and orthodox mindset by now, but that eendemoniados too much. And the representative for the church, thrilled by the confession and completely without pity for the child, tells the murderer that he will be forgiven, if only he suffers enough to please god. First of all, what kind of a god is that, who encourages suffering, even finds delight and pleasure in it, but completely ignores the victim? What if I told my child that it is acceptable to brutally assault somebody as long as I see that he suffers afterwards – that the crime is actually laudable because it gives me a welcome opportunity to watch my child suffer duly?
Where is the educational police to arrest me for such parenting? He worries the murderer will turn into a laughing-stock if he publishes his confession. And also, the crime is far too common to raise any eyebrows. That scene made me close endejoniados book and not re-open it for weeks.
This may be Dostoyevsky, and he enddemoniados be a genius, but I have a limit to what I can take in. And I am not willing to suffer to please any sadistic, patriarchal, sexually biased and oppressive god.
Self-sacrifice is not a virtue in my worldview, it is a vice which generates violence dostoievskj often resulting in horrible crimes committed against innocent people without connection to the fanatics who believe dostoievskl are being religious heroes by promoting suffering. And I am doing it all for you! I want to be seen! It is all about ME!
My confession is to be read publicly, so people talk about ME! And it is ME suffering, dlstoievski that inelegant little girl, who was driven mad. We are not talking about her, it is MY suffering we are looking at. MY right to be seen as a hero in pain for the sake of penitence! And I come to the conclusion that I am trying to square a circle when I want to reconcile the evil characters and the theological idea.
That was my question, and it is wrong. It is not good. Once I have dumped my connection between ethics and religion, and accepted the reality of the characters, I can read on. And I am happy I did. The Devils at work! Who are the devils? They are a group of radical socialists, trying to impose another kind of absolute truth on a confused and explosive nation, foreshadowing the Russian Revolution and its inhumane aspects perfectly.
As a document of historical processes, I found Devils to be incredibly enlightening, as it shows why Russia was incapable of transforming a patriarchal tyranny into a liberal democracy. The new ideas are propagated in the same religiously exclusive way as the old doctrine. There is one absolute truth, which all have to live by, and it will loe forced upon the people by using violence.
Socialist or tsarist power – the question is only which party is militarily stronger. Both have their blind followers and their holy dogma to keep people on track. In both cases, self- sacrifice is the motor which drives the destructive action. In both cases, the tirade in the Revelation about being spewed out by god your chosen infallible idea! Who has the greatest soul, who dies in ebdemoniados most visibly dramatic way?
And that means she commits the crime of being lukewarm. Devils is harrowing, darkly funny, brilliantly told. It is a masterpiece. It is recommended to all who want to understand the strange patterns of sexual, political and ritual power that charismatic men exert over dependent people – even to this day! A tale so deeply unethical, it is a challenge to read. A worthwhile challenge though! View all 59 comments.
Mar 06, Darwin8u rated it it was amazing Shelves: Once someone hits a certain genius with writing or other forms of artit is impossible to really grade their art. How could one grade Beethoven’s great symphonies?
Tell me, do you prefer Matthew, Mark, Luke or John? Greatness is not a bolus of achievement or a gout of acclaim. Each of Dostoyevsky’s big novels is a piece that is both infinitely frustrating and beautifully perfect at the same time. There was probably more to love for me in Brothers Karamazov, but it didn’t flow as easily as Demons, but still gah, still I think I love Demons more. To HELL with you.
I’m taking both or trade my food of foot or future for the second book.
IT IS that good. Oh, and you better make damn sure this writer is hypergraphic. I’m going to have to calm down. Let this review stew and seep. Sip some, and return and revise. This this review captures some of the energy I felt closing this book, but doesn’t even come close to demanding from me what this book and the Dostoievskii deserve.
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It is considered one of the four masterworks written by Dostoyevsky after his return from Siberian exile, along with Crime and PunishmentThe Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov Demons is a social and political satire, a psychological drama, and large scale tragedy.
Joyce Carol Oates enxemoniados described it as “Dostoevsky’s most confused and violent novel, and his most satisfactorily ‘tragic’ work. Dostoievski maneja la novela a dos niveles. Ya se lo he dicho: Ya ve que soy un pillo y no un socialista. Escuche, los tengo a todos ya contados: El fiscal que tiembla en la sala de juicio porque teme no ser bastante liberal es nuestro, nuestro.