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The possessed : a play in three parts

Author: Albert Camus; Justin O'Brien
Publisher: New York : Knopf, ©1960.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [1st American ed.]View all editions and formats
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The Possessed (a.k.a., The Devil or Demons) is an extremely political novel of late 19th century Russian political and social chaos... The novel takes place in a provincial Russian setting, primarily on the estates of Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovensky and Varvara Stavrogina. Stepan Trofimovich's son, Pyotr Verkhovensky, is an aspiring revolutionary conspirator who attempts to organize a knot of revolutionaries in the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Camus, Albert, 1913-1960.
Possessed.
New York, Knopf, 1960
(OCoLC)572341534
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Albert Camus; Justin O'Brien
OCLC Number: 288379
Notes: Originally published by Gallimard in 1959 in French.
Description: 182 pages ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Possédés.
Responsibility: Albert Camus ; translated from the French by Justin O'Brien.

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The Possessed (a.k.a., The Devil or Demons) is an extremely political novel of late 19th century Russian political and social chaos... The novel takes place in a provincial Russian setting, primarily on the estates of Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovensky and Varvara Stavrogina. Stepan Trofimovich's son, Pyotr Verkhovensky, is an aspiring revolutionary conspirator who attempts to organize a knot of revolutionaries in the area. He considers Varvara Stavrogina's son, Nikolai, central to his plot because he thinks Nikolai Stavrogin has no sympathy for mankind whatsoever. Verkhovensky gathers conspirators like the philosophizing Shigalyov, suicidal Kirillov, and the former military man Virginsky, and he schemes to solidify their loyalty to him and each other by murdering Ivan Shatov, a fellow conspirator. Verkhovensky plans to have Kirillov, who was committed to killing himself, take credit for the murder in his suicide note. Kirillov complies and Verkhovensky murders Shatov, but his scheme falls apart. He escapes, but the remainder of his aspiring revolutionary crew is arrested. In the denouement of the novel, Nikolai Stavrogin kills himself, tortured by his own misdeeds. --wikipedia.com.

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