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27 May 2013 @ 11:36 pm

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.
Ennameenname on May 28th, 2013 10:16 am (UTC)
So it is worth a read? I've not yet got to it out of his books.

The drawing is charming indeed though so I am tempted, although seeing as I am always charmed by your work it is hard to distinguish what might be bringing the charisma.

am sorry to hear you are so depressed though, lovely one. :\
una vecchia barbogiacabepfir on May 28th, 2013 10:33 am (UTC)
No? No Dostoevskij? If had to chose just one, I'd say to read Crime and Punishment. That's a real masterpiece indeed. The Idiot is a close second. I wouldn't recommend Demons as a first reading, because it's so connected with other themes in Dostoevskij (mainly with C&P.)

I'm not depressed anymore; one day I just popped out of it, more or less one week ago, all of a sudden. But I am overworking (working on the Endling and another comic, and we had some rough time with the first one) and basically trying to finish everything on time. But hopefully I'll get some rest one day!

Hugs to you. Are YOU getting some rest??

<3 <3 <3
Ennameenname on May 28th, 2013 11:32 am (UTC)
Oh no, I meant that I have read almost all of him but Demons. I love C&P and the Brothers Karamazov, which possibly means I should just go ahead and read it anyway.

I am glad to hear, because there is nothing worse than when depression sets in and stays without relenting. Certainly it makes everything very hard, including the working. (I am enjoying Endling, btw, just haven't had time to comment properly).

Eh.. rest... alas rest is for other people. In a few weeks I should be down to moderately insane hours, but I have to save money for Nov. when I run out of scholarship and have to start job hunting. *sigh*
una vecchia barbogiacabepfir on May 28th, 2013 11:48 am (UTC)
Ah, sorry, my English is lacking sometimes ;)

I'm saving Karamazov for when I'll be forty. I've decided long ago that I should read it only then. Unfortunately, at university a professor spoilered us the ending :(

Exactly. Rest? What's that when you have pages before you? ;)
Ennameenname on May 28th, 2013 11:59 am (UTC)
Don't worry, so is mine. Marking essays makes me write like the students, which means I am not clear enough. This - 'not yet got to it of all his books' - is a horrible sentence structure. I should be giving my apologies.

My mother used to read it to me when I was younger, because it is one of her favourites. She had a strange choice of bed side reading! I read it again as an adult to see if it made more sense, or rather different sense. It will be something to look forward to when you are fory.

Darn professors! *shakes fist*

*grin* It is what should happen so you can go and do more pages the next day!
una vecchia barbogiacabepfir on May 29th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
Ah! I think the most complicated book that was read to me as a bedtime story was Around the World in Eighty Days. I don't remember how old I was when my mother read for me for the last time!

And I said 'depressed' before, but that's not a clinical description of it. Mostly, 'lost in my obsessive-compulsive thoughts about the nature of life and the universe" would be a more exact description. Or an even better diagnosis, "you should spend one week in a spa with other people". But in any case every one has their own form of dejection.

(The Demons is getting better, in the meantime ;)