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The Possessed by Dostoevsky

Updated on January 29, 2017
Russian literature
Russian literature

Classical Russian Literature

As a book lover, I find Russian Literature, - the books of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, Gorky, Gogol, Chekhov, Turgenev, Makanin and many more- fascinating.

Russian writers are epic, their characters analyses are very well. Most of them are very melancholic but they write about real people, grand dreams, extreme richness, extreme poverty, destruction, love, hate, ambition.

I have read so far Anna Karenina, War and Peace from Tolstoy, Notes from Underground, Karamazov Brothers from Dostoevsky, Master and Margarita from Bulgakov, Dead Souls from Gogol, Cherry Garden, Uncle Vanya by Chekhov.

Is Russian Lıterature Dark ?

Russian Literature may seem depressing to some readers as in most of the books poverty, wars, missery, sadness, torment is written but those are real subjects of real people and Russian writers always wrote very well. Their books are very moving, hard to forget.

Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky

is a great writer

Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky, was born on Nov. 11 1821, in Moscow and died Feb. 9 1881 in St. Petersburg. Is a very famoust Russian novelist and short-story writer who is known by dark, even undergrood novels, he can psychologicaly enter into the darkest corner of human heart. His novels are evaluated in modernism and existentialism. His novels influence many 20th-century writers like James Joyce, Sartre. His novel Crime and Punisment is considered as the first modern novel.

The Possessed (In Russian: Бесы, tr. Besy), also translated as The Devils or Demons, is an 1872 novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. For an explanation of the marked difference in the English-language title, please see the section "Note on the title" below.

The possesed is a political book, critised the 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.

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

Most Known Books of Dostoevsky

The Brother Karamazov

The Idiot

Notes from Underground

The Possessed (the devils)

The Gambler

Crime and Punishment

The Possesed


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Dostoevsky is a great writer

5 stars for Dostoevsky

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      DentalTalk 5 years ago

      Have to love Dostoyevsky, haven't read the possessed but the brothers karamazov is great.