The Little Demon A dark classic of Russia s silver age this blackly funny novel recounts a schoolteacher s descent into sadism arson and murder Mad lascivious sadistic and ridiculous the provincial schoolteacher

  • Title: The Little Demon
  • Author: Fyodor Sologub Ronald Wilks
  • ISBN: 9780141392936
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Paperback
  • A dark classic of Russia s silver age, this blackly funny novel recounts a schoolteacher s descent into sadism, arson and murder.Mad, lascivious, sadistic and ridiculous, the provincial schoolteacher Peredonov torments his students and has hallucinatory fantasies about acts of savagery and degradation, yet to everyone else he is an upstanding member of society As he pursuA dark classic of Russia s silver age, this blackly funny novel recounts a schoolteacher s descent into sadism, arson and murder.Mad, lascivious, sadistic and ridiculous, the provincial schoolteacher Peredonov torments his students and has hallucinatory fantasies about acts of savagery and degradation, yet to everyone else he is an upstanding member of society As he pursues the idea of marrying to gain promotion, he descends into paranoia, sexual perversion, arson, torture and murder Sologub s anti hero is one of the great comic monsters of twentieth century fiction, subsequently lending his name to the brand of sado masochism known as Peredonovism The Little Demon 1907 made an immediate star of its author who, refuting suggestions that the work was autobiographical, stated No, my dear contemporaries it is about you This grotesque mirror of a spiritually bankrupt society is arguably the finest Russian novel to have come out of the Symbolist movement.

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    1. “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday,” – Psalms 91:6Petty demon is taken from the Bible and it is the ‘destruction that wasteth at noonday’ or in some other translations ‘the demon of the midday’ – by which sunstroke would seem to be meant.The novel characters live in the primeval boondocks and they behave as if they were sunstruck [...]

    2. Fyodor Sologub (1863-1927)Smooth is the surface of my mirror and pure its construction. Repeatedly measured and painstakingly checked, it has not a single blemish.The watershed between the realist canon of the 19th century Russian novel and the modernist novels of the Russian literary Silver Age was Fyodor Sologub's The Little Demon (1907), but this striking novel still has sharp teeth and is of much more than just historical interest. It is inventive, engaging and very aptly expressed; it also [...]

    3. Cartea asta e o votcă tare. După primele pahare devii extrem de vesel, jovial, exuberant. Apoi, pe măsură ce bei, amuţeşti, se face din ce în ce mai întuneric, contururile devin alungite, strâmbe, de parcă ai privi totul printr-o lentilă defectă. Apoi ţi se taie filmul şi te trezeşti a doua zi năuc, mahmur şi neştiind cum ai ajuns acasăL-am comparat pe autor cu al nostru Caragiale, dar există o mare diferenţă între ei: în timp ce caricaturile caragialiene sunt realizate c [...]

    4. Yes ! finally an author with balls, who is describing the human society exactly the way it is. I think a lot of modern authors should read stuff like this, and understand that compared to this novel from Sologub, their work is just dull masturbation. There is a lot of dialogue, the book has a very rapid pace. However, everything is where it is supposed to be, no piece of dialogue is too much. every phrase has been given a lot of thought.There is comic, there is laughter but boy, that is actually [...]

    5. Symbolism is a word that is so variably applied that it has almost become worthless. There's the academic and IMO masturbatory symbolism of Jarry, the complex transcendent system of metaphysical signification that is present in Scriabin and Bely, the hazy expansive undefined-ness of Maeterlink and so on but Sologub, in this work is none of these. His symbolism instead is something of an aloof determinant that has no saving grace or final answer but it does promote a deep understanding of the ter [...]

    6. Peredònov è un insegnante che aspira come unica meta alla promozione ad ispettore scolastico, è un uomo gretto, il termine giusto potrebbe essere: pusillanime. Abita in una città dal cielo sempre grigio che sembra aver condizionato nell'animo i suoi cittadini, vive con una donna, Varvàra, che non vuole sposare fino a quando lei non gli avrà fatto ottenere la promozione agognata. Varvàra fingerà d'aver scritto una lettera molto influente e gli farà credere che la promozione non tarderà [...]

    7. I'm sorry to say I hadn't heard of this book before; or if I had, I didn't recognize it when I saw it on a friend's bookshelf after a few hours of drinking wine. "Wasss dat -hiccup- book?" So in the charming way I have, I of course asked to borrow it. That was a few months ago. It took me a while to clear time in my reading schedule for this one, and then I started thinking I'd breeze through it, but found very early on this was not going to be a quick read.This is supposedly the funniest Russia [...]

    8. A fantastic book by another Russian I had yet to read. This book gradually gets madder and madder.Not contemporary and pre-Stalin, Sologub was born just after the emancipation of the serfs and basically invented himself as a writer, indeed a writer thought by others (particularly Blok) to be immensely important. This, his most recognisable and available work, shows how good a writer he was. There is not one really likeable character. They are all mad in there own way. The book charts the descent [...]

    9. Produced by Annemie Arnst, Dagny & Marc D'Hooghe at freeliterature (Images generously made available by the Internet Archive.)Description: A dark classic of Russia's silver age, this blackly funny novel recounts a schoolteacher's descent into sadism, arson and murder.Mad, lascivious, sadistic and ridiculous, the provincial schoolteacher Peredonov torments his students and has hallucinatory fantasies about acts of savagery and degradation, yet to everyone else he is an upstanding member of so [...]

    10. Let's talk about decadence.This is one of the most abused adjectives in the English language. “Sooo decadent,” Karen, mother of three moans over a chocolate lava cake at a chain restaurant in a Missouri exurb as she frets about how it will test the waistline of her Lane Bryant slacks.Well, let me tell you, Sologub has different ideas.Like dressing a schoolboy as a geisha and throwing him into a beauty contest for three sisters, or throwing your garbage across the walls of your house just bec [...]

    11. A great read. Once I got caught up in the story, it just pulled me along. Peredonov is totally insane, but it was such fun reading his rantings and also the things, real and imagined, perpetrated against him. The Sasha/Liudmilla portions were the only ones which didn't engage me as much.Available soon at Project Gutenberg via Free Literature.

    12. Free download available at Project Gutenberg.Produced by Annemie Arnst, Dagny & Marc D'Hooghe at freeliterature (Images generously madeavailable by the Internet Archive.)

    13. I enjoyed Sologub's combination of realism and symbolism, the way he split the book between Sasha and Lyudmila and their sensual escapades, and Peredonov's descent into madness. I also didn't expect it to be so funny.

    14. "Peredonov glared angrily at the salt"If you can get your hands on this one, read it! One of the funniest novels ever written.

    15. Glorious book. Madness, crossdressing, violence. Ive read reviews on here which describe it as "slavish adherence to realism", which seems like people haven't actually read the book. Peredonovs hallicinations and insanity are the best part of the book, he gradually becomes completely disconnected from reality. Nature becomes perverse and haunting, the walls speak to him, and he eventually goes completely insane. The other plot running through this is more difficult to parse, the story of Sasha c [...]

    16. This book should be better known in the western world. "The Little Demon" is a tale of madness, frantic affection, and insidious opportunism in a small Russian provincial town shortly after the turn of the 20th century. At its heart is the antihero Peredonov, a petty official whose tyrannizing nature is equal only to his desire for promotion. Peredonov resents and alienates everyone who he comes into contact with, from his mistress to his friends to his students. He is a teacher of Russian liter [...]

    17. Grandissimo e tremendo. Il Male è un paese di provincia dove i cani sghignazzano e gli uomini abbaiano, dove umano e animale si confondono non in un’estasi panica, ma, al contrario, in spregio all’armonia del cosmo; dove la Bellezza stessa è insultata nel corpo di una donna che insieme ad attraenti nudità mette in mostra le morsicature delle pulci. È la risposta russa al simbolismo e all’estetismo europei (il romanzo è del 1907).Poi c’è il Male di Peredònov, uno psicotico afflitto [...]

    18. Più che bello, interessante; in una sorta di transizione fra un Dostoevskji annacquato e la follia rutilante di Bulgakov, racconta le vicende di un individuo gretto e crudele nella sua pochezza, ambizioni ed intrighi, maldicenze e frivolezze della Russia di provincia con un tono sempre sopra le righe, a volte fastidioso specie nelle figure femminili piuttosto isteriche (forse bisogna fare un po' di tara per l'inconfondibile "russità").Stilisticamente imperfetto, mischia i toni della commedia e [...]

    19. This is the second Eastern European novel about a pathetic school teacher I've read this year, and it is great.Peredonovism is very identifiable. Sologub does a great job painting the portrait of petty people. It's an artsy-fartsy read, as in you shouldn't be looking for the things you normally look for in a good book. Yet, it still holds strong throughout with relatable characters and a pretty gripping plot (to be perfectly honest). It's really the characters that make the plot so gripping thou [...]

    20. I really enjoyed this Russian satire. Peredonov, the anti-hero of the story has all of the qualities of wonderful Quixotic heroes (see, e.g Ignatius Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces) -- he's lazy and crazy and paranoid but oh so fun to read. This is the type of book that I wish I were reading with a class because there's lots of symbolism and references to other Russian literature and thinkers that were beyond my ability to keep up with. But even at a superficial reading level, the book is ju [...]

    21. Quite a good portrait of a man going mad. A few too many of those typical Russian scenes where people sit around for pages talking nonsense, getting into moods and suddenly leaping up to dance for no reason (except the vodka) though.

    22. This book deserves more attention by the avid anglophone readers of Russian literature--it stands up much better in post-modernity than Dostoyevsky and immeasurably better than Tolstoi.

    23. It was funny when Peredonov thought everyone was putting spells on him so he was constantly doing counter-spells

    24. « Le Maître Démon » (1892) est certain de plaire à ceux qui ont aimé « Les âmes mortes » de Gogol (1841) ou « Le maitre et la Marguerite » de Boulgakov (1940). Enfin ce roman semble faire le lien entre ces deux grands romans. Il offre une satire féroce des mœurs provinciales russes semblable à celle des « âmes mortes » et une intrigue fantastique et diabolique qui fait penser au « maitre et la Marguerite ».Il y a des gens qui qualifient ce roman de pessimiste sans doute à cau [...]

    25. Quite a strange book and in many ways like your atypical Russian novel in its vivid character descriptions and depictions of Russian life around the 19th century time in terms of them having fancy balls (well it was a fancy dress party) and the convivial descriptions of Russian women (except the women here were not painted in that favourable a light at all). That’s the point – it was like a Russian classic in essence but the picture was almost all inverted. The story is about a Russian dude [...]

    26. This is the second time I've read Petty Demon; the first time was over 20 years ago as an assignment in a Russian Symbolist Literature seminar. It's a piece of decadent literature--which, at least for me, usually means "French"--but PETTY DEMON is organically Russian: no one could read it and imagine the characters in Paris or in a London opium den. I enjoy Briusov, but his writing doesn't affect me like Sologub's. Peredonov is a singular character, truly despicable--not as despicable as Pinky i [...]

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