by Fëdor Dostoevskij
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Set in mid 19th-century Russia, Demons examines the effect of a charismatic but unscrupulous self-styled revolutionary leader on a group of credulous followers.

Inspired by the true story of a political murder that horrified Russians in 1869, Fyodor Dostoevsky conceived of Demons as a “novel-pamphlet” in which he would say everything about the plague of materialist ideology that he saw infecting his native land. What emerged was a prophetic and ferociously funny masterpiece of ideology and murder in pre-revolutionary Russia–a novel that is rivaled only by The Brothers Karamazov as Dostoevsky’s greatest.

The award-winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky continue their acclaimed series of Dostoevsky translations with this novel, also known as The Possessed.

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Die Dämonen ist vielleicht sein wichtigster Roman. Dostojewski stand kurz vor der Hinrichtung als Revolutionär, wurde begnadigt zum sibirischen Exil. Er kannte also sehr gut dieses Milieu, das der Nihilisten, und zerpflückt es in den Dämonen schonungslos. Er zeigt sehr schön, dass extremistische Weltverbesserer sehr leicht zu Weltzerstörern werden können. Wäre der Roman im auslaufenden 19. Jahrhundert in Russland auf dem Schulplan gestanden, wäre die kriminelle Clique der Bolshewiki nie an die Macht gekommen.

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