The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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The Possessed is an 1872 novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Though titled The Possessed in the initial English translation, Dostoevsky 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. Dostoevsky casts a critical eye on both the left-wing idealists, exposing 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 Dostoevsky's day, is seen to have continued on into its modern manifestation in individuals like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Dostoevsky's novels focusing on the idea that utopias and positivist ideas, in being utilitarian, were unrealistic and unobtainable. The book has five primary ideological characters: Verkhovensky, Shatov, Stavrogin, Stepan Trofimovich, and Kirilov. Through their philosophies, Dostoevsky describes the political chaos seen in 19th-Century Russia.

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The 103rd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 11th on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (ThisRecording.com)
  2. - 13th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
  3. - 57th on Pour une Bibliothèque Idéale (Raymond Queneau)
  4. - 84th on The Top 10: The Greatest Books of All Time (The Top 10 (Book))
  5. - 89th on The 100 Greatest Novels (greatbooksguide.com)
  6. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  7. - ZEIT-Bibliothek der 100 Bücher (Die Zeit)
  8. - Top 100 Works in World Literature (Norwegian Book Clubs, with the Norwegian Nobel Institute)

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