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A blackly comedian Russian vintage a few schoolteacher’s descent into sadism, arson, and murder

Mad, lascivious, sadistic, and ridiculous, the provincial schoolteacher Peredonov torments his scholars and has hallucinatory fantasies approximately acts of savagery and degradation, but to each person else he's an upstanding member of society. This gruesome reflect of a spiritually bankrupt society is arguably the best Russian novel to have pop out of the Symbolist movement.

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