I'm 1/3 into The Demons. For many years I read one Dostoevskij a year (I've read The Idiot, Crime and Punishment, Humiliated and Insulted, The Adolescent, The Gambler, and White Nights so far), but then I stopped after 2008. I knew the next in line was the Demons, but I couldn't touch the book without fearing that it would depress me. Finally, this April I was so depressed myself that I told it would be a good time to start reading it. As in The Adolescent, the vast majority of characters (apart from Varvara Petrovna) sounds completely crazy, but Stavrogin is a horse of a different colour. He's just spreading charisma. I'm charmed.