Demons

ISBN-10: 0141441410

ISBN-13: 9780141441412

Edition: 2008

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Description: A superb new translation of Dostoyevskys chilling and prophetic novel of revolutionary fanaticism Pyotr and Stavrogin are the leaders of a Russian revolutionary cell. Their aim is to overthrow the Tsar, destroy society, and seize power for themselves. Together they train terrorists who are willing to lay down their lives to accomplish their goals. But when the group is threatened with exposure, will their recruits be willing to kill one of their own to cover their tracks? Savage and powerful yet lively and often comic, Demonswas inspired by a real-life political murder and is a scathing and eerily prescient indictment of those who use violence to serve their beliefs.

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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 880
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

One of the most powerful and significant authors in all modern fiction, Fyodor Dostoevsky was the son of a harsh and domineering army surgeon who was murdered by his own serfs (slaves), an event that was extremely important in shaping Dostoevsky's view of social and economic issues. He studied to be an engineer and began work as a draftsman. However, his first novel, Poor Folk (1846), was so well received that he abandoned engineering for writing. In 1849, Dostoevsky was arrested for being a part of a revolutionary group that owned an illegal printing press. He was sentenced to be executed, but the sentence was changed at the last minute, and he was sent to a prison camp in Siberia instead. By the time he was released in 1854, he had become a devout believer in both Christianity and Russia - although not in its ruler, the Czar. During the 1860's, Dostoevsky's personal life was in constant turmoil as the result of financial problems, a gambling addiction, and the deaths of his wife and brother. His second marriage in 1887 provided him with a stable home life and personal contentment, and during the years that followed he produced his great novels: Crime and Punishment (1886), the story of Rodya Raskolnikov, who kills two old women in the belief that he is beyond the bounds of good and evil; The Idiots (1868), the story of an epileptic who tragically affects the lives of those around him; The Possessed (1872), the story of the effect of revolutionary thought on the members of one Russian community; A Raw Youth (1875), which focuses on the disintegration and decay of family relationships and life; and The Brothers Karamazov (1880), which centers on the murder of Fyodor Karamazov and the effect the murder has on each of his four sons. These works have placed Dostoevsky in the front rank of the world's great novelists. Dostoevsky was an innovator, bringing new depth and meaning to the psychological novel and combining realism and philosophical speculation in his complex studies of the human condition.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky(18211881) spent four years in a convict prison in Siberia, after which he was obliged to enlist in the army. His novels, including Crime and Punishmentand The Brothers Karamazov, rank among the greatest of the nineteenth century in any language. Robert A. Maguirewas the Boris Bakhmeteff Professor Emeritus of Russian and Eastern European Studies at Columbia University. He died in 2005.Ronald Meyeris the director of the masters program in Russian translation at Columbia University. Robert L . Belknapis an emeritus professor of Russian at Columbia University.

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