Originally uploaded by huxleyesque
Good choice*, readers. While I think Underground Man (or Notes from the Underground) is probably the most essential reading of Dostoevsky, I think The Possessed is probably my favorite work of his. I spent many a dark winter night pouring through the text while writing one of the best papers I wrote in college on that book. I'm hesitant to dig into my box of juvenilia (which I retrieved some time ago from my mother's basement) to see if it is as good as I remember.
Somehow, I think my recollection glorifies and distorts my perception, making my existence a cruel joke. My lack of authenticity astounds.
See, I have read a lot of Dostoevsky.
*I voted for Tolstoy, by the way.