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Devils (Wordsworth Classics) [Paperback]

Fyodor Dostoevsky
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15 Jan 2010 Wordsworth Classics

This Wordsworth Edition contains an exclusive Introduction by A.D.P. Briggs.

Translated by Constance Garnett.

In 1869 a young Russian was strangled, shot through the head and thrown into a pond. His crime? A wish to leave a small group of violent revolutionaries, from which he had become alienated. Dostoevsky takes this real-life catastrophe as the subject and culmination of Devils, a title that refers the young radicals themselves and also to the materialistic ideas that possessed the minds of many thinking people Russian society at the time.

The satirical portraits of the revolutionaries, with their naivety, ludicrous single-mindedness and readiness for murder and destruction, might seem exaggerated - until we consider their all-too-recognisable descendants in the real world ever since. The key figure in the novel, however, is beyond politics. Nikolay Stavrogin, another product of rationalism run wild, exercises his charisma with ruthless authority and total amorality. His unhappiness is accounted for when he confesses to a ghastly sexual crime - in a chapter long suppressed by the censor.

This prophetic account of modern morals and politics, with its fifty-odd characters, amazing events and challenging ideas, is seen by some critics as Dostoevsky's masterpiece.


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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd. (15 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840220996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840220995
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) is a Russian novelist. Of his eleven novels, his three most famous were written later in life: 'Crime and Punishment', 'The Idiot' and 'The Brothers Karamazov'. His books have been translated into over 170 languages, and have sold over 15 million copies.


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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Read Before You Buy 20 July 2010
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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If you are thinking of buying this particular edition then please bear in mind the following. Apart from the originally supressed chapter, which has been translated and added by Richard Nicholson the rest of the story was translated by Constance Garnett. Constance Garnett can be considered as one of the people who brought Russian literature to the masses, both here and in the US. However she worked quite quickly and if she didn't understand a word or phrase she would just omit it. Admittedly the jist of the story is the same but there are newer and more accurate translations on the market.Devils (Oxford World's Classics) or The Devils: (The Possessed) (Penguin Classics) may be better if you are looking for a copy to study. The introduction here is by A. D. P. Briggs, and is very informative, but alas there are no notes in this edition, and I should warn you that there are French phrases and expressions here and no English traslation for them.

Anyway now that is out of the way lets get to the actual story. Some say that The Brothers Karamazov is Dostoevsky's ultimate masterpiece, whereas others say that this book is. Personally of the two, I have always preferred this one, but then again I love black comedies, which this most definitely is. Like Conrad and his The Secret Agent, Dostoevsky used a real event to base his novel on. In this case a Russian who was kiled when he tried to leave the small revolutionary group that he had originally joined. With something like over fifty characters here Dostoevsky shows us some truly strange people, who lets face it are nuts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Devilishly brilliant 26 Sep 2013
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Humorous, farcical, horrifying, politically prophetical, with philosophy and farce raised to heights of genius and Dostoevsky writing at the peak of his powers. An excellent translation, specially valuable for the inclusion of the confession in the chapter 'At Tihon's'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 31 Dec 2013
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It is an interesting book and I dare to say that reflect our days.I recomand to everyone.I am very satisfied.
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I've not read this book yet but for the price you get a lot of pages. It's meant to be a classic. This beats rubbish blue rays of superhero films any day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 30 Oct 2010
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The cover of the book isn't the one that's advertised. That's ok because the cover was absolutely beautiful. I love this book. I hope to do business with this seller again.
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