"There is no virtue if there is no immortality." - The Brothers Karamazov
"A silent majority and government by the people is incompatible." Tom Hayden
Father-Russia & PostAmeriKa
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Summary"I read this a year ago and still think on it often, June 8, 1998
Reviewer: email@example.com from Bangor, Maine, USA
Dostoyevsky is claiming an atheist world can not function - that the godless people who inhabit the earth are without values and morrals (they are the "Possessed" individuals) I don't agree with much what he has to say but I was fascinated by his point of view. His book and particularly the character Kirilov are heavily mentioned in the essay by Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus, which argues the opposite claim. The Possessed is long but worth reading - studded with useful aphorisms."
NotesDemons (or the Devils, or the Possessed): Variously titled in English, depending on the translation, this is Dostoevski's great political novel. The late nineteenth century Russians were hit hard by news of the death of God, in Nietzsche's terminology. Demons is Dostoevski's attempt to document the consequences of the disruption of a great belief system (in this case, that of Orthodox Christianity). The dissolution of belief produces an existential chaos, which is emotionally excruciating. Ideological identification appears as a potent attraction to individuals entrapped in such a situation.
Demons might be considered the literary precursor to Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago, another suggested adjunct reading. Dostoevsky describes the psychological situation that lead to the great Marxist revolution in early-twentieth century Russia -- several decades before that revolution took place -- and painstakingly details the unsavory and dangerous nature of the characters driven to desire such a revolution. Solzhenitsyn the historian documents the events foretold by Dostoevsky the prophet.
Life is pain, life is fear, and man is unhappy. Now all is pain and fear. Now man loves life because he loves pain and fear. That's how they've made it. Life now is given in exchange for pain and fear, and that is the whole deceit. Man now is not yet the right man. There will be a new man, happy and proud. He for whom it will make no difference whether he lives or does not live, he will be the new man. He who overcomes pain and fear will himself be God. And this [current] God will not be.
But do you understand, I cry to him, do you understand that along with happiness, in the exact same way and in perfectly equal proportion, man also needs unhappiness!"
The Possessed 2003
It is a beautiful, utopian dream of a world without wars, banks, diplomats, and so on. -Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
What a number! Whither drift they? What's the mournful dirge they sing? Do they hail a witch's marriage Or a goblin's burying?” A. Pushkin.
The Possessed online novel theatre theory * + my theatre blog
Three horisonts -- novel, play (Camus), translation -- maybe I should go back to the original in Russian?I started a new directory shows.vtheatre.net/devils
To do my own adaptation/translation? My Summer is gone then...
By where are the great monologues I remember for fourty years? And the play is huge! Where?
No shows in Moscow, nothing in Israel. Two years after the start of the "War on Terror" -- nothing on stage!
Dostoevsky wrote about terrorism more then a century ago!
I have to make it an American Story, othervise it useless. The Russia of 1860s, America of 1960s -- and now.
Americans as terrorists? See my unabomber files. Too bad I didn't keep the notes on Tim in Oklahoma...
Even more important -- what is ahead!
Existential "horror" and Rasta "dread" -- biblical fear of God.
Life and living breed Horror. Horror and Terror = mortality of the "thinking grass." We need to understand why we are here and why we die. Nothing philosophical about it -- the rock and rap screaming about it.
All living know fear (they say -- even the plants), but pitty? Only humans?
Преступление не помешательство, а благородный протест.Фантастическое составляет сущность действительности.
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Fall 2003: UAF
The Possesed @ Amazon (Camus)
The Possesed @ Amazon (Dostoevsky)
From the eGroup "vtheatre":
"Folks, I will be using this group for UAF production in the Fall. You are welcome to stay, but there will be a lot of posts from cast and crew (character analysis, this is "Method Acting" show).
Auditions -- Sept. 13...
Tech -- Nov. 8 2003.
Looks like I have to work on the new translation/adaptation of Dostoevsky (and Camus?) -- "Virtual Theatre" means that it must be copyright free (or you hold the copyright).
Read the play (Camus) and the novel over the summer. Think about "terror" (existentialism) and terrorism (news).
Post your thoughts (maybe, I will make a poll): "War on Terror Starts at Home" (agree?) What does it mean? It's time to look into non-discussed issues, like "terrist's mind" and "America 2003" (ourselves)....
Anatoly 5.9.03" (subscribe to http://egroups.com/group/vtheatre)
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The Possesed @ Amazon (Camus)
The Possesed @ Amazon (Dostoevsky)
* Gide, Andre, Dostoevsky. PG3328 G52 1949a Secker & Warburg, 1949. Concerned with Doesoevsky's public acceptance, Gide works to discount the theory that the author's universe is not one of fantastic nightmares, but a very real and competent portrayal of 19th century Russian life. He examines Raskolnikov in detail, concluding that he is completely bankrupt of heroic stature, a thoroughly common man who commits a brutal and inhuman act.
Before and after: Deciding what Camus and Dostoevsky Left Out Let's first take a look at the timeline the story has given us: The "Facts" In Cronological Order Pre Script: -Stepan is taken into Vavarra's house, to tudor Nikolai. -Lisa comes to study under Stepan. -Nikolai begins studying abroad for two years. -(two year later..) Nikolai joins the Military; does not return home, but is recieved in high society very well. -Rumors of Nikolai's conduct reach home (duels, women, etc...) -The slaves are emancipated (historically 1861) -Shatov and Dasha begin studying with Stepan. -Nikolai (insitgates and) fights two duels (in which one man is killed and another crippled) and is broken in rank and exiled to the infantry. -(1963) Nikolai is again promoted to Officer (it should be noted that Vavarra wrote a number of letters in Nikolai's defence before his promotion) -Nikolai quickly retires, moves to Petersburg, although does not present himself in high society and does not write his mother. -Around this time Stepan forms his intellectual circle which include Luputin and Shatov. -Nikolai returns at Vavarra's request. Camu Scene 1. Gagnov's Ear. -Nikolai travels for more than three years. Visiting Europe, Eygpt, and Iceland. (Curtis, correct me if I'm wrong... but) I believe that durring these three years: *-Shatov is kicked out of School (this is abroad) and becomes a Merchant's peersonal tudor. *-Shatov and Kirilov meet Nikolai abroad. *-Shatov is married... three weeks later seperated. *-Shatov and Kirilov move to America for a year, and with money sent by Nikolai return to Russia. -Nikolai debauchery with the little girl -Nikolai's marriage to Maria -Nikolai meets Lisa Abroad, Peter makes his first appearence there, Dasha is sent there. -Nikolai fools around with Dasha and leaves. Camu Scene 2. (this is cut I know but you get the jist.) The rest is covered in the Script. Now the ending aside from Nikolai's suicide. The Conclusion: -Peter leaves in the morning for Petersburg. -Mary worried for Shatov in the early morning seeks out Kirilov (who is dead) to find out where her own husband is, and then rushes into street to report the murders, by noon she dies of the cold. -Liputin leaves town -Lymshin tells the authorities. Nikolai is not connected to the society although all else is revealed. -Maurice lives, and moves away. Okay now let's fill in the blanks about your characters before and after: Kirilov: where did he come from before they meet him abroad? Peter: what did he do after his whole organization was uncovered? Vavarra: how did she meet Stepan? What gave her the confidence in Stepan to raise her son? Shatov: Why was he kicked out of School, why did he never go back? Mary: Where was she those three plus years? Did you meet (sleep with) Nikolai within those three weeks? Nikolai: What did he learn on his travels, his travels remind me very much of Jesus' travels to Egypt and Asia before he was thirty (Think wedding of Cana, he wasn't supposed to preform mircles yet). Captain: Chicken or the Egg: Drinking or being broken in the army. So your homework guys is to find the beginings of your characters, I believe the secrets in portraying these characters are finding out who they were before they became who they are (the transition is usually when they meet Nikolai, but even in Nikolai has this change when he becomes 'possessed' with ideas earlier on, probably when he is 16). Also respond about what becomes of your character because of their involvement, re-write the ending when aplicable (stick with Camu's text, though).
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