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  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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  • 01 September 2017

Demons[PDF / Epub] ✈ Demons ☀ Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Essayreview.co.uk Alternate Cover Edition ISBN ISBN Inspired by the true story of a political murder that horrified Russians in , Fyodor Dostoevsky conceived of Demons as a novel pamphlet in which he would say everyt Alternate Cover Edition ISBNISBNInspired by the true story of a political murder that horrified Russians in , 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.


About the Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was born in Moscow in His debut, the epistolary novella Poor Folk , made his name In he was arrested for involvement with the politically subversive Petrashevsky circle and until he lived in a convict prison in Omsk, Siberia From this experience came The House of the Dead In he began the journal Vremya Time Already married, he fell in love with one of his contributors, Appollinaria Suslova, eighteen years his junior, and developed a ruinous passion for roulette After the death of his first wife, Maria, in , Dostoyevsky completed Notes from Underground and began work towards Crime and Punishment The major novels of his late period are The Idiot , Demons and The Brothers Karamazov He died in Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky Russian , sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky see Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky Fyodor Dostoevsky Feodor Dostoevsky or Dosto evski see Fiodor Dosto evski Fi dor M Dostoievski F dor Mikha lovitch Dosto evski.


10 thoughts on “Demons

  1. says:

    Popular Culture An Alphabetical Contempt a Let s not mince words All populist entertainment is repulsive, useless, dangerous and witheringly anti intellectual b Except maybe Doctor Who But that s hardly Beckett, is it c I first became an intellectual snob in my late teens I witnessed first hand the slow declension of burgeoning intellects through a routine of television, video games and a fear of reading books d How did I escape this declension e I learned words like declension I Popular Culture An Alphabetical Contempt a Let s not mince words All populist entertainment is repulsive, useless, dangerous and witheringly anti intellectual b Except maybe Doctor Who But that s hardly Beckett, is it c I first became an intellectual snob in my late teens I witnessed first hand the slow declension of burgeoning intellects through a routine of television, video games and a fear of reading books d How did I escape this declension e I learned words like declension I started to read books After a decade of unbridled virtual hedonism I crushed Sonic the Hedgehog to death with The Brothers Karamazov f It s not hard to respect difficult art and escape the self perpetuating loops of populist clich You don t have to read broadsheets You don t have to speak eloquently about anything with intellectuals Who cares about all that bulldash, the haw hawing in ginsenged dining rooms g All you have to do is read, watch, listen h I spent four years thinking Green Day made the greatest music in the universe One day, I heard some Stravinsky and burst into tears i Does this make me a pompous girlie man j No k Or yes l I surprised myself by tackling Dostoevsky novels and finding them relevant to my own life, psychology, etc m So it all became clear The only way to grow as a human being through art is to confront difficulty, to embrace difficulty, and be pleasantly surprised when that effort translates into bliss n This isn t a homily, it s an anecdote But I truly believe people who hide in dreary commercial art are betraying their capacity to think and improve and understand o Everything

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    At the inquest our doctors absolutely and emphatically rejected all idea of insanity I open with the closing lines, on the brink of exhaustion, not sure of my own state of sanity.Reading Dostoyevsky is a bit like spending time with close family members with a diametrically opposed worldview I love them dearly, unconditionally, but I don t LIKE them at all As I am slowly working my way through Dostoyevsky s works, starting with the whisperings of a man taking notes from the underground, movi At the inquest our doctors absolutely and emphatically rejected all idea of insanity I open with the closing lines, on the brink of exhaustion, not sure of my own state of sanity.Reading Dostoyevsky is a bit like spending time with close family members with a diametrically opposed worldview I love them dearly, unconditionally, but I don t LIKE them at all As I am slowly working my way through Dostoyevsky s works, starting with the whisperings of a man taking notes from the underground, moving to the murderer Raskolnikov who manages to get my sympathy even though I loathe his actions and motives, and and then over to a holy fool like Myshkin, who enrages me completely with his ignorant arrogance and destructive power, I have now made the acquaintance of the Devils.If Raskolnikov hypnotised me, and Myshkin made me curse, the Devils have a slower, yet evenpowerful impact on my mental equilibrium While I was reading the previous novels in a frenzy, without any interruptions, I had to take a prolonged break in the middle of this one I just could not stomach the account of the rape of a child, and the subsequent confession of the crime by Stavrogin to a monk The position of the monk regarding the situation was of such evil that I felt I couldn t read on I thought I could deal with the Russian nationalist and orthodox mindset by now, but that was too much The girl committed suicide out of a religious panic, believing she had killed God by being raped And the representative for the church, thrilled by the confession and completely without pity for the child, tells the murderer that he will be forgiven, if only he suffers enough to please god First of all, what kind of a god is that, who encourages suffering, even finds delight and pleasure in it, but completely ignores the victim What if I told my child that it is acceptable to brutally assault somebody as long as I see that he suffers afterwards that the crime is actually laudable because it gives me a welcome opportunity to watch my child suffer duly Where is the educational police to arrest me for such parenting Second, the priest feels that the crime is ridiculous and inelegant , and not bloody enough to be interesting He worries the murderer will turn into a laughing stock if he publishes his confession And also, the crime is far too common to raise any eyebrows.That scene made me close the book and not re open it for weeks This may be Dostoyevsky, and he may be a genius, but I have a limit to what I can take in And I am not willing to suffer to please any sadistic, patriarchal, sexually biased and oppressive god Self sacrifice is not a virtue in my worldview, it is a vice which generates violence often resulting in horrible crimes committed against innocent people without connection to the fanatics who believe they are being religious heroes by promoting suffering The characters in Dostoyevsky s world act like immature young boys feeling neglected and drawing negative attention to themselves to be seen by the god father figure Look at me, god they yell Look what I am doing And I am doing it all for you I want to be seen It is all about ME My confession is to be read publicly, so people talk about ME And it is ME suffering, not that inelegant little girl, who was driven mad We are not talking about her, it is MY suffering we are looking at MY right to be seen as a hero in pain for the sake of penitence The crime is just the necessary prerequisite to earn the right to the GREATEST penitence ever Never mind a girl had to die While taking a break, I continue to think about the novel, though, for such is his genius And I come to the conclusion that I am trying to square a circle when I want to reconcile the evil characters and the theological idea Isn t religious commitment supposed to be a force for good That was my question, and it is wrong.Finally I realise that my premise is wrong, and that Dostoyevsky s sincere belief works so well mainly because he believes in an evil, unfair god wanting suffering and complete submission, a theology that isn t intrinsically good at all according to my worldview, which of course is personal, not universal It is not good It just is Period Once I have dumped my connection between ethics and religion, and accepted the reality of the characters, I can read on.And I am happy I did One of the most dramatic episodes in novelistic history must be the f te organised to benefit governesses in Russia and what a spectacle it is The Romantic poet, dramatically bidding a farcically narcissistic farewell to his audience, vowing never to write again, stumbles over people s sense that romantic feelings and allegorical language are a thing of the past The f te, which is plannedwith the aim to celebrate the organisers than to support a good cause much like any celebrity fundraising event for charity nowadays is a complete fiasco The Devils at work Who are the devils They are a group of radical socialists, trying to impose another kind of absolute truth on a confused and explosive nation, foreshadowing the Russian Revolution and its inhumane aspects perfectly As a document of historical processes, I found Devils to be incredibly enlightening, as it shows why Russia was incapable of transforming a patriarchal tyranny into a liberal democracy The new ideas are propagated in the same religiously exclusive way as the old doctrine There is one absolute truth, which all have to live by, and it will be forced upon the people by using violence Socialist or tsarist power the question is only which party is militarily stronger Both have their blind followers and their holy dogma to keep people on track In both cases, self sacrifice is the motor which drives the destructive action In both cases, the tirade in the Revelation about being spewed out by god your chosen infallible idea if you are lukewarm read moderate and reasonable guides the action of fanatics who decide to be either hot saints or cold devils for the sake of reaching Greatness of the Soul.For women, who can never be committed fanatically to anything according to Dostoyevsky s characters, that means slavery, abuse, and oppression either way.For the male characters, it means a competition in a lethal show down in the manner of Macbeth s last scenes Who has the greatest soul, who dies in the most visibly dramatic way Curtain falls on the suffering women, who unfortunately have nothing to gain from that virtue For a woman is always a woman, even if she is a nun And that means she commits the crime of being lukewarm Let s spit her out Devils is harrowing, darkly funny, brilliantly told It is a masterpiece I wouldn t have felt such brutal pain otherwise It is recommended to all who want to understand the strange patterns of sexual, political and ritual power that charismatic men exert over dependent people even to this day A tale so deeply unethical, it is a challenge to read A worthwhile challenge though

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    Demons Devils, Fyodor Dostoyevsky Demons is a novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, first published in the journal The Russian Messenger in 1871 2 It is considered one of the four masterworks written by Dostoyevsky after his return from Siberian exile, along with Crime and Punishment 1866 , The Idiot 1869 and The Brothers Karamazov 1880 Demons is a social and political satire, a psychological drama, and large scale tragedy Demons Devils, Fyodor Dostoyevsky Demons is a novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, first published in the journal The Russian Messenger in 1871 2 It is considered one of the four masterworks written by Dostoyevsky after his return from Siberian exile, along with Crime and Punishment 1866 , The Idiot 1869 and The Brothers Karamazov 1880 Demons is a social and political satire, a psychological drama, and large scale tragedy 1966 1343 1350 1367 1385 997 1386 9643513211 1392 9789643513214 20 1386 1019 9789644483349 20

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    Full freedom will come only when it makes no difference whether to live or not to live That s the goal for everyoneFyodor Dostoyevsky, DemonsReview in limbo I loved the Devil s out of the PossessedHow the Hell do I adequately review this Once someone hits a certain genius with writing or other forms of art , it is impossible to really grade their art How could one grade Beethoven s great symphonies Is Demons Devils the Possessed better than Crime and Punishment, The Brothers KaramaFull freedom will come only when it makes no difference whether to live or not to live That s the goal for everyoneFyodor Dostoyevsky, DemonsReview in limbo I loved the Devil s out of the PossessedHow the Hell do I adequately review this Once someone hits a certain genius with writing or other forms of art , it is impossible to really grade their art How could one grade Beethoven s great symphonies Is Demons Devils the Possessed better than Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot Tell me, do you prefer Matthew, Mark, Luke or John Dostoyevsky is writing the gospels man Greatness is not a bolus of achievement or a gout of acclaim It just is Each of Dostoyevsky s big novels is a piece that is both infinitely frustrating and beautifully perfect at the same time There was probablyto love for me in Brothers Karamazov, but it didn t flow as easily as Demons, but still gah, still I think I love DemonsNo, Brothers K No Gah Desert Island book Forced to pick To HELL with you I m taking both or trade my food of foot or future for the second book IT IS that good Demons is what you get when you mix a writer who is a philosopher on par with the thinking greats a writer who is a psychologist on par with the behavioral greats a writer who is a preacher on par with the moral greats Oh, and you better make damn sure this writer is hypergraphic.OK I m going to have to calm down Let this review stew and seep Think some Sip some, and return and revise This this review captures some of the energy I felt closing this book, but doesn t even come close to demanding from me what this book and the Man deserve Yes, I kept thinking vaguely of the Big Lebowski as I read this

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    Winds of change are finally sweeping Czarist Russia , in the 1860 s Ideas good or bad , arrive too, they have been around for decades in the rest of Europe, this land is no longer isolated Socialism is the new fad for the intellectuals The serfs have been freed by Alexander the Second, courts democratized, the death penalty seldom carried out, people can speak and write freely, up to a point There is still Siberia for those who go over the line a little And all the new railroads, will ge Winds of change are finally sweeping Czarist Russia , in the 1860 s Ideas good or bad , arrive too, they have been around for decades in the rest of Europe, this land is no longer isolated Socialism is the new fad for the intellectuals The serfs have been freed by Alexander the Second, courts democratized, the death penalty seldom carried out, people can speak and write freely, up to a point There is still Siberia for those who go over the line a little And all the new railroads, will get you to it, that cold, desolate territory, very quickly In a provincial town where nothing ever happens, a new Governor has been appointed Andrei Antonovich von Lembke, yes there are a lot of intelligent Germans in the country, to modernize Imperial Russia Lembke is a good man and wants to help the Russians in his province But a weak person and his wife, Yulia, is the power behind the throne She is greatly influenced by Pyotr Verkhovensky , some say controlled by him , the secret leader of a group of Nihilists, they believe the bizarre notion, you have to destroy everything, before you can rebuild the nation Pyotr is the estranged son of Stepan Verkhovensky, a lazy scholar, who sponges off the wealthy widow of a general, Varvara Petrovna Stavrogin She s the head of the local high society, what there is here, and has a wild son, Nikolai, the main character in the book, who gets involved in deadly duels, and his best friend is Pyotr Verkhovensky, it s a small town Nikolai has many adventures with women and violence, travels the world, Greece, Germany, France, Switzerland, Egypt and even Iceland, but can never be happy, his conscience will not permit that Nikolai, is not comfortable joining the nihilists, and Pyotr is afraid of him Strange events begin in this quiet town, a big rise in transgressions , and newspapers urging revolution, are being found Fedka, an escaped convict, and former serf, goes on a crime spree, imagine murders and robberies, in this place The police can t capture him, why Crazy rumors flow , like a flooding river Yulia, has problems with her jealous husband, not to mention , Varvara, a big rival, and her literary celebration efforts, and party , are a disaster, quite funny if you re not she or her friends The wobbly Governor is acting weirdly, yelling at everyone , giving orders, the difficulty, nobody understands his words Fires breaks out at a nearby town,dead bodies discovered, suicides increase, there is something not right.Dostoyevsky s philosophical novel inspired by a real political killing in 1869 , about demons possessing the people of Russia, causing them to do evil deeds, in the name of revolution Anything can be justified, as long as the results satisfy , The Ends Justify the Means Sadly this concept is still widely believed, in the 21st century

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    Seeking for God through demonsDostoevsky s Demons reminds me a bit of the spirit which Socrates sees love as in The Symposium halfway through gods and man and serving as a ladder in between At first glance Demons is a anti nihilist anti Western pamphlet novel preaching a certain Russian Christianism that is essentially religious nationalism The charismatic and demonic characters can be regarded as spokesmen for different ideologies that are gripping on the Russian mind Each of these ideolo Seeking for God through demonsDostoevsky s Demons reminds me a bit of the spirit which Socrates sees love as in The Symposium halfway through gods and man and serving as a ladder in between At first glance Demons is a anti nihilist anti Western pamphlet novel preaching a certain Russian Christianism that is essentially religious nationalism The charismatic and demonic characters can be regarded as spokesmen for different ideologies that are gripping on the Russian mind Each of these ideologies carry a perspective on God, as Shatov put itThe aim of all movements of nationsis solely seeking for GodLet it be Pyotr Verkhovensky s destructive nihilistic socialism which serves as a disguise for opportunism, or Kirilov s faith in self will to overcome pain and fear and become God himself, or Shatov s religious nationalism which regards God as the synthetic person of a nation, or Stavrogin s figure as a Satan like, seductive, yet repellent and empty personality which Dostoevsky associates with the hallucination of Romanticism All of them perish at the end of the novel, which Dostoevsky portrays as a sign ofimmeasurable and infinitedivinity I don t know how much Dostoevsky agrees with the neurotic Christianism which he seemingly preaches in all his major works and is also iterated by the dying Stepan Verkhovensky at the end of DemonsAnd perhaps they already have It is us, us and them, and Petrusha et les autres avec lui, and I, perhaps, first, at the head, and we will rush, insane and raging, from the cliff down into the sea, and all be drowned, and good riddance to us, because that s the most we re fit for But the sick man will be healed and sit at the feet of Jesus and everyone will look in amazement The whole law of human existence consists in nothing other than a man s always being able to bow before the immeasurably greatStepen Verkhovensky self identifies as a demon that will eventually come out of the sick man that is Russia and enter into swines What the swines will be, I m curious

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky s portrayal of human nature is so idiosyncratic that he simply can t be surpassed by anybody in this art.There always are some fashionable ideas and human beings, who can t think indepedably, prefer to follow this fashion blindly and those people are eventually used by the others They just become cat s paw And you know it all comes from that same half bakedness, that sentimentality They are fascinated, not by realism, but by the emotional ideal side of socialism, by the rel Fyodor Dostoyevsky s portrayal of human nature is so idiosyncratic that he simply can t be surpassed by anybody in this art.There always are some fashionable ideas and human beings, who can t think indepedably, prefer to follow this fashion blindly and those people are eventually used by the others They just become cat s paw And you know it all comes from that same half bakedness, that sentimentality They are fascinated, not by realism, but by the emotional ideal side of socialism, by the religious note in it, so to say, by the poetry of it second hand, of course They are hollow men, men of paper but united, they turn into a disturbed wasp nest or a skein of venomous snakes Men made of paper It all comes from flunkeyism of thought There s hatred in it, too They d be the first to be terribly unhappy if Russia could be suddenly reformed, even to suit their own ideas, and became extraordinarily prosperous and happy They d have no one to hate then, no one to curse, nothing to find fault with There is nothing in it but an immense animal hatred for Russia which has eaten into their organism He who can t find his place in the sun always ends up trying to destroy the word

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    My favorite extended quote from Demons Having devoted my energy to studying the question of the social organization of the future society which is to replace the present one, I have come to the conclusion that all creators of social systems from ancient times to our year have been dreamers, tale tellers, fools who contradicted themselves and understood precisely nothing of natural science or of that strange animal known as man Plato, Rousseau, Fourier, aluminum columns this is fit perhaps for My favorite extended quote from Demons Having devoted my energy to studying the question of the social organization of the future society which is to replace the present one, I have come to the conclusion that all creators of social systems from ancient times to our year have been dreamers, tale tellers, fools who contradicted themselves and understood precisely nothing of natural science or of that strange animal known as man Plato, Rousseau, Fourier, aluminum columns this is fit perhaps for sparrows, but not for human society But since the future social form is necessary precisely now, when we are finally going to act, so as to stop any further thinking about it, I am suggesting my own system of world organization Here it is I wanted to explain my book to the gathering in the briefest possible way but I see that I will have to add a great deal of verbal clarification, and therefore the whole explanation will take at least ten evenings, according to the number of chapters in my book Besides that, I announce ahead of time that my system is not finished I got entangled in my own data, and my conclusion directly contradicts the original idea from which I start Starting from unlimited freedom, I conclude with unlimited despotism I will add, however, that apart from my solution of the social formula, there can be no other

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    Dostoevsky s novel, Demons often falsely translated The Possessed, thereby erroneously stressing the object rather than the subject , is one of his most powerful books, a socio political work exploring 19th century ideas the demons current in Russia at the time, specifically European liberalism and nihilism in contrast to what was most important to Dostoevsky, Russian Orthodoxy, and in this sense the author seems a forerunner of Solzhenitzyn a century later, in our own time At times the no Dostoevsky s novel, Demons often falsely translated The Possessed, thereby erroneously stressing the object rather than the subject , is one of his most powerful books, a socio political work exploring 19th century ideas the demons current in Russia at the time, specifically European liberalism and nihilism in contrast to what was most important to Dostoevsky, Russian Orthodoxy, and in this sense the author seems a forerunner of Solzhenitzyn a century later, in our own time At times the novel seems almost droll, particularly in the author s finely drawn characterizations of his protagonists, but the story turns progressively and inexorably sinister and tragic, plumbing the depths of human anguish and despair, no character escaping the darkness The work is powerful and haunting, psychologically perceptive and penetrating One critical chapter, At Tikhon s, was deleted by the censor as immoral, Dostoevsky being forced to publish the book without it the chapter was included in this edition the Pevear Volokhonsky translation as an appendix, and it is critically important to an understanding of the thought and motivation of the main character, Stavrogin not to read it is to miss much, Stavrogin s actions seeming inexplicable and arbitrary without these insights This work provides insights into Dostoevsky s development as a novelist and is a worthy predecessor to his monumental masterpiece, The Brothers Karamazov

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    DemonsFirst of all, a little note I ve read the book in Russian, and normally I would review it in Russian as well But I think the Demons are unjustifiably overshadowed in the West by other Dostoevsky novels So I wanted to write something to change the situation a bit.It is the most powerful novel by Dostoevsky It isprofound than schematical Crime and Punishment and much less preaching than Karamazovs Brothers , though the later one is building upon the Demons It is the only big DemonsFirst of all, a little note I ve read the book in Russian, and normally I would review it in Russian as well But I think the Demons are unjustifiably overshadowed in the West by other Dostoevsky novels So I wanted to write something to change the situation a bit.It is the most powerful novel by Dostoevsky It isprofound than schematical Crime and Punishment and much less preaching than Karamazovs Brothers , though the later one is building upon the Demons It is the only big novel by him which contains a strong political element along with the traditional psychology and his religious thinking Some of the main protagonists are revolutionary terrorists The similar people would kill the Russian reformist tsar Alexander II just a few years after the novel was finished Among other things, Dostoevsky demonstrates, how the pure desire of power could corrupt soul I do not have sufficient knowledge of the world s history, but I think the revolutionary sects in Russia of the second half of the19th century have become the pioneers of using the terror for their purposes in its modern meaning of the word Anna Geifman, the American scholar, in her book Death Orders The Vanguard of Modern Terrorism in Revolutionary Russia shows a lot of similarities between the Russian terrorists and nowadays terrorists Converting concrete grievance into messianic aspirations and practical purposes into holy causes, they operate within distinctive parameters of a theology of Armageddon a final battle between good and evil in which at stake in no less than universal salvation It is a very modern novel in many other ways The methods those terrorists on the radical left use could be a primer for the radical right who supported Trump in the recent elections fake news making everyone confused and disoriented spread rumours as true facts and play on liberals impotency in certain issues marginalising and discrediting the authority all these tools are described in the book I was shocked to find so many analogies with our time However, the main purpose of the novel imho to show what a spiritual emptiness can do to a human nature How unresolved individual existential crisis and the search for completeness might lead to a disaster For those who read the novel for the first time, it is an imperative to read the chapter At Tikhon s after the end of the part ii of the novel Currently, they publish it as an Appendix It was censored out by the Russian authorities at that time on the basis of its unbearable realism It is a shocking and revelatory chapter summarising the essence of the novel And it is impossible to understand and appreciate the novel with leaving the reading of this chapter to the end In spite of all the bleakness, it is a very funny novel I ve read it for the first time when I was 17 And then it was shocking and tragic When I ve read it now, it has come acrosslike a farce Generally, one needs to read Dostoyesky novels during the one s teens, while you ask all those big questions about the meaning of life and look for the answers I think that is why Nabokov was quite cold about Dostoevsky according to him, Dostoyevsky is not an artist. May well be, I personally do not totally share his religious and historiographic views But his work creates a huge impact on a different level it is not about language, it is about daring to go deep into the darker side of human nature and coming back from there constantly balancing I finish with the quote from the article by Rowan Williams What makes it the Demons so well worth reading now is its unsparing vision of what destructive forces come into the world when there is a vacuum of spiritual understanding , ,,

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