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vii Contents Acknowledgments ix A Note on Translation, Transliteration, and Other Technicalities xiii Introduction 3 Prologue: “Just You Wait! (Uzho tebe!)” 18 Part One: Enigmas of A-synchrony 1. What Do Nihilists Do? 43 2. “Very Dangerous!” 52 3. Extraordinary Men and Gloomy Monsters 60 4. “Daring and Original Things” (Assez causé!) 67 5. “Vous trouvez que l’assassinat est grandeur d’âme?” 73 6. Spoiling One Idea to Save Another 82 7. A Gloomier Catechism 93 Part Two: Apparitional Terrorism in Demons 1. “Again, Like Before” 105 2. “The Only Possible Explanation of All These Wonders” 110 viii Contents 3. Tarantulas with a Heart? 118 4. Dostoevsky’s Counterterrorism: “The First Step” 125 5. Dostoevsky’s Counterterrorism (Continued): Laughter through Fear 134 6. The Unity of All Terrorism(s) 141 Part Three: “The Little Devil Sitting in Your Heart” 1. A Change of Heart 151 2. An Original Plan 155 3. Emotions on Trial: Witness Testimony and the Prosecution 159 4. Emotions on Trial II: The Defense 167 5. Whose Rebellion? 176 6. False Christs and Little Devils 181 7. “That Is the Whole Answer” 192 8. The Khokhlakov Principle: Russian Society in the Mirror of Revolutionary Terrorism 197 9. Again, Like Before (Again) 202 Part Four: The Beautiful Dead (Deed) 1. Writing in Blood 211 2. An Icon with Death 215 3. Celebrity Icons 224 4. Terror in Search of a Face 236 Epilogue: “All of Europe Thrills to the Horror” 247 Notes 263 Bibliography 309 Index 323 ...



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  • Russian literature -- Political aspects.
  • Terrorism -- Russia -- History -- 19th century.
  • Terrorism in literature.
  • Alexander II, Emperor of Russia, 1818-1881 -- Assassination.
  • Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881 -- Political and social views.
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