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March 16, 2010

Demons by Dostoyevsky

Filed under: Books, Plays — cfranc @ 6:48 pm

This afternoon I learned that Russians detonated the biggest nuke ever. Russians are also well-known for producing gigantic books: War and Peace by Tolstoy, The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky, The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn, etc, etc. The book that I’ve read the most times happens to be Dostoyevsky’s great novel, Demons. I read it first in high-school, then again during my last year of high-school for an English essay, and finally a couple years ago for pleasure. If you haven’t read this book then you should, and soon. It’s thanks to it that I think of a crazy Russian philosopher that wants to kill himself in order to “become god” every time someone mentions a Kirillov model. Read it and you can too.

Anyways, I really just wanted to point out that Peter Stein is directing a marathon 12 hour-long performance of Demons this summer somewhere in New York. The tickets, a paltry 934 in total, went on sale last week and are already sold out. Unfortunately I only learned of the play today, so I’ll have to give it a miss. Booooo!

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3 Comments »

  1. 12 hour marathon? And missing it gets a “Boooo!”?

    Actually, let me quote the article you linked to:
    “…a 12-hour production of a grim Dostoyevsky novel that will be performed only twice, in Italian (with English supertitles), in a warehouse on Governors Island, reachable only after a ferry trip and a 20-minute walk.”

    There is no way I could handle that one. I wonder how many intermissions there are…

    Comment by jbraj — March 16, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

    • I know, I thought that you’d never make it through as I read the article.

      Comment by cfranc — March 17, 2010 @ 8:40 am

      • I guess I could do it if I tried really hard. Though, I think I’d be more suited for Stein’s plays that are in parts. In any case, you’ve got me interested in reading the book.

        Comment by jbraj — March 17, 2010 @ 8:53 am


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