The Devils, also kwon as Demons, is a novel written by Fyodor Dostoevsky first published in 1871. This social and political satire is considered one of Dostoevsky's masterpieces.
The book is a social critique of the consequences of the growing political and moral nihilism in Russia in the 1860s. The setting of the book is an invented city, which is plunged into chaos after a revolutionary attempt carried out by Piotr Verkhovenski.
The book is narrated by a minor character, a close friend and confidant of the protagonist Verkhovenski. This narrator, Anton Lavrentyevich, is a local official who chronicles the revolutionary events that have occurred in his town and of which he has a great deal of information and detail.
Constance Garnett's translation has been used for this digital edition of the book The Devils.
21 hours 19 minutes (255959 words)
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It must be true that the whole second half of a man's life is most often made up only of habits accumulated during the first half.
God is necessary, and therefore must exist...But I know that he does not and cannot exist...Don't you understand that a man with these two thoughts cannot go on living?.
My friend, the truth is always implausible, did you know that? To make the truth more plausible, it's absolutely necessary to mix a bit of falsehood with it. People have always done so.