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Demons

Demons
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(The Possessed)
Wiseblood Books Classic, paperback, 532 pages.


Volume 6 in the Wiseblood Classics reprint series, this new edition of DEMONS [THE POSSESSED] begins with an extended critical introduction to Dostoevsky's work written by Theology and Fiction scholar Joshua Hren, Ph.D.

The storyline follows a small circle of revolutionaries who, dissatisfied with the present state of provincial Russia and the wider world, place their faith in radical political theologies with hopes that the structures of society and being can be changed. Dostoevsky's theological anxieties become strikingly manifest in this particular novel, and DEMONS gains profundity because the novelist does not choose to combat nihilism by fleeing from it, but, rather, by giving it full narrative expression.

Although it portrays the "consequences" or logical practical counterparts of nihilistic philosophies, DEMONS does not read like a morality tale.  Told by a master psychologist, this moving story of inter-generational tensions, of revolutionaries and criminals, of strong men and underground men, of unbound love and exploited lovers, still has staying power today. 

"'The fire is in the minds of men and not in the roofs of houses,' Dostoevsky writes at one point in DEMONS. The fact remains that for the great Russian novelist art was a theurgical function interdependent with the state of the soul."
-- George Panichas, THE BURDEN OF VISION
 

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821 - 1881), sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist and philosopher. Dostoyevsky's literary works explore human psychology in the context of the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th-century Russia. Many literary critics rate him as one of the greatest and most prominent psychologists in world literature. (Source: Wikkipedia)


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Through WISEBLOOD CLASSICS we hope to bring hard-to-find great books back into being, and conserve classic works of literature in book form. Many of our Classics, such as this Dostoevsky volume, contain critical introductions and essays. Forthcoming titles include critical editions of Proust and Gogol. Visit us at www.wisebloodbooks.com ...  We are wide-eyed for new epiphanies of beauty!
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