The demons in part are puskins goblins and witches but in a much greater sense they are the lies rationalism materialism anarchism nihilism atheism that enter a man and womans soul and like the demons that came out of the man and entered the swine in lukes gospel they drive the man or woman to destruction. Demons a novel in three parts fyodor dostoyevsky richard pevear larissa volokhonsky a new translation of the possessed and a new title to go with it the translators claim it better reflects the spirit of what basically is a novel of ideas the demons of the title being the western . Demons might actually be more heartbreaking than the average novel of dostoevsky in part because fm doesnt get around to fleshing out a couple of the most sympathetic characters until their fates have caught up with them. Demons russian bsy is a novel by fyodor dostoyevsky first published in the journal the russian messenger in 1871 2 it is considered one of the four masterworks written by dostoyevsky after his return from siberian exile along with crime and punishment 1866 the idiot 1869 and the brothers karamazov 1880. Inspired by the true story of a political murder that horried russians in 1869 fyodor dostoevsky conceived of demons as a novel pamphlet in which he would say everything about the plague of materialist ideology that he saw infecting his native land
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