The Possessed

The Possessed

Written by:
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Narrated by:
The Ark , Geoffrey Giuliano
A free trial credit cannot be used on this title

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2022
25 hours 33 minutes
The Possessed is a novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, first published in the journal The Russian Messenger in 1871–72. It is considered one of the four masterworks by Dostoevsky after his return from Siberian exile, along with Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1869), and The Brothers Karamazov (1880). Demons is a social and political satire, a psychological drama, and a large-scale tragedy. Joyce Carol Oates has described it as 'Dostoevsky's most confused and violent novel, and his most satisfactorily 'tragic' work.' According to Ronald Hingley, it is Dostoevsky's 'greatest onslaught on Nihilism', and 'one of humanity's most impressive achievements—perhaps even its supreme achievement—in the art of prose fiction.'

The work is an allegory of the potentially catastrophic consequences of the political and moral nihilism that was becoming prevalent in Russia in the 1860s. A fictional town descends into chaos as it becomes the focal point of an attempted revolution, orchestrated by master conspirator Pyotr Verkhovensky. The mysterious aristocratic figure of Nikolai Stavrogin—Verkhovensky's counterpart in the moral sphere—dominates the book, exercising an extraordinary influence over the hearts and minds of almost all the other characters. The idealistic, Western-influenced generation of the 1840s, epitomized in the character of Stepan Verkhovensky (who is both Pyotr Verkhovensky's father and Nikolai Stavrogin's childhood teacher), is presented as the unconscious progenitors and helpless accomplices of the 'demonic' forces that take possession of the town.

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, sometimes transliterated as Dostoyevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, and journalist. A true audiobook original treasure!
1 book added to cart
View Cart