Fiodor Mikhaïlovitch DOSTOÏEVSKI.

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Fiodor Mikhaïlovitch DOSTOÏEVSKI.
The Demons [in Russian: Bésy]. Saint Petersburg,
Typographie K. Zamyslovskago, 1873.
3 volumes in-8 : half-basane with small cloth corners, spine ribbed (period binding).
First edition.
The novel had appeared in serial form in the Russian Messenger from 1871 to 1872. At the insistence of the publisher Katkov, it was published without the original epilogue, the "Confession of Stavroguin".
This famous episode was not to be reinstated in the novel until 1922.
The Demons were published in French under the title of : Les Possédés.
The pinnacle of Dostoyevsky's work, this voluminous tale was an immediate and considerable success.
Written in exile, in difficult material conditions, the novel paints an uncompromising portrait of nihilism. Dostoyevsky used a political assassination that hit the headlines in 1869/1870, the Netchayev case, to denounce political terrorism. "The Demons analyzed the radical movement in such an effective and polemical way that it virtually ended the debate that had been going on for more than a decade" (Charles Moser).
Restored binding, spine faded; copy was washed and rebound.
(Harvard, The Kilgour Collection of Russian Literature, no. 281.)
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