I am a (semi)liberal atheist Dostoevsky lover. Today, I started reading the book Demons, which I got based on the assertion on the back that it is Dostoevsky's "darkest novel." Such a statement made me salivate, as I love Dostoevsky's psychological darkness. However, I was not fully aware that this was his darkest novel because it is is filled with evil godless radicals. I'm relatively certain that I will still enjoy the book, because, well, it's Dostoevsky's darkest novel, and I'm sure the evil godless radicals can be seen as statements of general human nature. But it got me thinking, I'm positive that I'm not the only liberal atheist Dostoevsky lover. In fact, I'm certain that among Dostoevsky's fans, a rather large chunk would describe themselves the same way.
So, tell me, my fellow Dostoevsky loving godless radicals, intellectuals, progressives, and so on and so forth, how do you feel about Dostoevsky's political and religious views? Does it ever get difficult to read his works when he derails your views so heavily?
Personally, I'm not politically motivated enough to be bothered, and his religious characters are often balanced out by equally interesting(and not repulsive) atheistic characters, such as Ivan Karamazov. I'm curious as to how Demons will play out for me, though.