Exiled to four years in Siberia, but hailed by the end of his life as a saint, prophet, and genius, Fyodor Dostoevsky holds an exalted place among the best of the great Russian authors. One of Dostoevsky's five major novels, Devils follows the travails of a small provincial town beset by a band of modish radicals - and in so doing presents a devastating depiction of life and politics in late 19th-century Imperial Russia. Both a grotesque comedy and a shocking illustration of clashing ideologies, Dostoevsky's famed novel stands as an undeniable masterpiece.
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by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
by Elie Wiesel
by Sinclair Lewis
by N. Scott Momaday
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by Sherwood Anderson
"Faced with a large cast of characters, narrators have two choices: invent a lot of distinctive voices or capture each character's mood and depend on the author to clarify who is speaking. In this production, two mastersÑDostoevsky and GuidallÑcombine to keep us riveted without the distraction of excessive impersonation. Yes, thereÕs a lot of discussion of philosophy (this is a Russian novel, after all), but George GuidallÕs narration helps us to understand how passionately vital that is to most of the major characters. Politics and philosophy are literally issues of life and death to Nikolai Stavrogin and Alexei Kirilov and Stepan Verkhovensky and the people who get entangled in their lives and secrets. Guidall makes it thrilling. D.M.H. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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