The Possessed

Fyodor DOSTOYEVSKY (1821 - 1881), translated by Constance GARNETT (1861 - 1946)

Although titled The Possessed in the initial English translation, Dostoyevsky scholars and later translations favour the titles The Devils or Demons. An extremely political book, Demons is a testimonial of life in Imperial Russia in the late 19th century. As the revolutionary democrats begin to rise in Russia, different ideologies begin to collide. Dostoyevsky casts a critical eye on both the radical idealists, portraying their ideas and ideological foundation as demonic, and the conservative establishment's ineptitude in dealing with those ideas and their social consequences. This form of intellectual conservativism tied to the Slavophile movement of Dostoyevsky's day, called Pochvennichestvo, is seen to have continued on into its modern manifestation in individuals like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Dostoyevsky's novels focus on the idea that utopias and positivist ideas, in being utilitarian, were unrealistic and unobtainable. The book has five primary characters representing different ideologies. By exploring their differing philosophies, Dostoyevsky describes the political chaos seen in 19th century Russia. - Summary by Wikipedia

Genre(s): Historical Fiction

Language: English

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Play 01 Pt. 1, Ch. 01: Introductory (Sec. 1-2) Expatriate
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Play 06 Pt. 1, Ch. 02: Prince Harry; Matchmaking (Sec. 1) Expatriate
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Play 12 Pt. 1, Ch. 03: The Sins of Others (Sec. 1-2) Expatriate
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Play 18 Pt. 1, Ch. 04: The Cripple (Sec. 1-2) Expatriate
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Play 22 Pt. 1, Ch. 05: The Subtle Serpent (Sec. 1-3) Expatriate
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Play 28 Pt. 2, Ch. 01: Night (Sec. 1-2) Expatriate
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Play 37 Pt. 2, Ch. 03: The Duel (Sec. 1-4) Expatriate
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Play 38 Pt. 2, Ch. 04: All In Expectation (Sec. 1) Expatriate
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Play 41 Pt. 2, Ch. 05: On the Eve of the Fête (Sec. 1) Expatriate
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Play 49 Pt. 2, Ch. 07: A Meeting (Sec. 1) Expatriate
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Play 52 Pt. 2, Ch. 08: Ivan the Tsarevitch Expatriate
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Play 53 Pt. 2, Ch. 09: A Raid At Stefan Trofimovitch's Expatriate
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Play 54 Pt. 2, Ch. 10: Filibusters; A Fatal Morning (Sec. 1a) Expatriate
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Play 56 Pt. 2, Ch. 10: Filibusters; A Fatal Morning (Sec. 2-3) Expatriate
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Play 57 Pt. 3, Ch. 01: The Fête—First Part (Sec. 1-2a) Expatriate
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Play 64 Pt. 3, Ch. 03: A Romance Ended (Sec. 1) Expatriate
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Play 67 Pt. 3, Ch. 04: The Last Resolution (Sec. 1) Expatriate
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Play 70 Pt. 3, Ch. 05: A Wanderer (Sec. 1) Expatriate
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Play 73 Pt. 3, Ch. 05: A Wanderer (Sec. 4-6) Expatriate
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Play 74 Pt. 3, Ch. 06: A Busy Night (Sec. 1) Expatriate
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Play 77 Pt. 3, Ch. 07: Stepan Trofimovitch's Last Wandering (Sec. 1a) Expatriate
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Play 81 Pt. 3, Ch. 08: Conclusion Expatriate
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