“Oh, these drugs, they play on me these terrible ways,
They don’t pay like they used to pay.
I used to make it day to day.”
—Deerhunter, “Helicopter”

Tolstoy’s gripping short story The Devil chronicles the early life of a promising and potent Evgeny Irtenev, a young man endowed with the fortune to move him into a successful future, as well as the fortitude and wherewithal to make it happen. A visionary of sorts, all of his endowments lead him into a dreamlike pursuit to resurrect “the old life” of his family’s estate and business, an estate that had deteriorated in his…

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