Loosely based on sensational press reports of a Moscow student's murder by fellow revolutionists, The Possessed depicts the destructive chaos caused by outside agitators who move into a provincial town.
The enigmatic Stavrogin dominates the novel. His magnetic personality influences his tutor, the liberal intellectual poseur Stepan Verhovensky, and the teacher's revolutionary son Pyotr, as well as other radicals.
Stavrogin is portrayed as a man of strength without direction, capable of goodness and nobility. When Stavrogin loses his faith in God, however, he is seized by brutal desires he does not fully understand.
Widely considered the greatest political novel ever written, The Possessed showcases Dostoevsky's brilliant characterization, amazing insight into the human heart, and crushing criticism of the desire to manipulate the thought and behavior of others.
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This is a wonderful story with Dostoyevsky really at the height of his powers - I believe this was written shortly before The Brothers Karamazov and served as a build up to it, touching on many similar themes. As with other classic Dostoyevsky is is about love and death, meaning and God, the old and the new, religion and science, but always with wonderful characters and inventive and touching story lines.
Something I'd like Audible to consider is making a synopsis of an audio book available. With a story like this it is sometimes possible to miss a key fact or statement and then you are left a little stranded for the rest of the chapter, I found I had to go back to the book to check I had understood what was happening, which isn't really the point of having an audio book.
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