The aim of this paper is to develop an interpretation of the extremely perplexing and controversial chapter of Dostoyevsky's The Devils entitled "Stavrogin's Confession." My treatment of the issues this chapter raises will be based on the work of two philosophers, Nicholas Berdyaev and Martin Buber. I will argue, on the basis of this interpretation, that the picture of Stavrogin presented in this once-suppressed chapter deepens and aesthetically complements the picture of Stavrogin that emerges in the rest of the novel.



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