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By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

With a similar suppleness, power, and variety of voices that received their translation of The Brothers Karamazov the PEN/Book-of-the-Month membership Prize, Pevear and Volokhonsky supply an excellent translation of Dostoevsky's vintage novel that provides a transparent perception into this stunning mental mystery. "The top (translation) presently available"--Washington publish ebook global.

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For ten years this propaganda shaped public opinion, remodelling mass consciousness like a lump of clay. But suddenly, the ideologues and image-makers have discovered that the old methods no longer work. Public consciousness has escaped from their control, and within it, processes with which the elites are having to reckon seriously are taking place. A shift has occurred in society; the time of reaction has drawn to a close. The temptation to become a socialist is very great in a society where capitalist reform has failed.

Much the same thing happened with the old Russian merchants. The heirs of merchant families who received a European education often turned out to be outstanding people. But their achievements were not in the field of business. They collected works of art, opened theatres, gave money to socialists and even went over to the revolution. One would like to believe that the children of the new Russians will also grow up to be decent, educated people. But this can only mean one thing: they will have to get out of business.

Now we have before us a feeble and disoriented society, ruled by a state power in a condition of semi-collapse. For all the talk about the consolidation of Russian statehood, achieving this goal has been impossible. The effective exercise of state power is possible only where the authorities have organic links with the citizens, links that are based on tradition, on broadly accepted legitimacy, or on the clearly expressed will of the majority of the people. None of this applies in the Russian Federation.

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