Anarchy, Nihilism and Liberalism in Dostoevksy’s Demons

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Demons” (Besy, in Russian, variously translated as “The Possessed” and “Devils”) is a fundamentally political and social novel. It draws directly on the true story of a murder committed in 1869 by Russian anarchist and nihilist Sergei Nechaev (Saunders 324). The peasant reforms (Dostoevsky 370), the third department (Dostoevsky 361) and the emergence … Read moreAnarchy, Nihilism and Liberalism in Dostoevksy’s Demons

Dostoevsky’s Account of the Past, Present, and Future of the Revolution in The Devils

Fyodor Dostoevsky published his novel The Devils from 1871 to 1872 in installments in the joural The Messengerat a time when there was political unrest in Russia, although not yet enough for a real revolution. Inspiration for the novel came from current revolutionary events and the characters involved in them, material which he supplemented with … Read moreDostoevsky’s Account of the Past, Present, and Future of the Revolution in The Devils