Fyodor Dostoevsky: Besy [The Devils]

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  • Derek Brower (Independent Scholar - Europe)

Published in Russkii vestnik [The Russian Messenger] in 1871-72, Dostoevsky’s Besy [The Devils], a novel in three parts, began in the author’s imagination as a “political pamphlet” that would encapsulate his objections to the radicalism of the Russian “nihilists” of the 1860s. The novel achieved both this and more, transcending the cultural-historical debates of the period to become one of nineteenth-century literature’s most profound depictions of revolutionary activity and radical thought. Such was its force when it appeared that some critics objected to what they considered The Devils’ scurrilous depiction …

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Brower, Derek. "Besy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 March 2006
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