The Idiot

The Idiot

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by Fyodor Dostoevsky
     
 

ISBN-10: 159224629X

ISBN-13: 9781592246298

Pub. Date: 05/28/2003

Publisher: Alan Rodgers Books

Written by one of the greatest literary minds the world has ever known, this ambitious novel is the story of Prince Myshkin, an almost comically innocent Christ-figure who is Dostoyevsky's vision of salvation for a cynical Russia.  See more details below

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Written by one of the greatest literary minds the world has ever known, this ambitious novel is the story of Prince Myshkin, an almost comically innocent Christ-figure who is Dostoyevsky's vision of salvation for a cynical Russia.

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ISBN-13:
9781592246298
Publisher:
Alan Rodgers Books
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Pages:
580
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.44(d)

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The Idiot 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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martyneuberger More than 1 year ago
Like all his works, this one is razor sharp at dissecting human hardships in a heavy, dark and unforgiving environment. Although it can depress you at times, it never leaves you hopeless. Human spirit is a trademark of all his stories, and in one form or another always seems to find solace by story's end.
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CR-Buell More than 1 year ago
The Idiot is one of the greatest novels ever written, and I highly recommend everyone read it. However, you should be careful of which translation you read. DO NOT read the Constance Garnett translation, of this or any other book. Garnett is known to have taken substantial liberties with both the text and tone of all the novels she translated. Instead I recommend either the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation, or the Carlisle translation, links to which I have posted in the sidebar.
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In order to completely enjoy 'The Idiot', you need two things: patience and more patience! Although the reading wasn't particularly difficult, it is dense, wordy prose that totally immerses you into the setting. Like 'Crime and Punishment', the action in 'The Idiot' is kept to a minimum in lieu of deep, psychological reflection. This technique makes the journey through the 600+ pages both compelling and worthwhile. It will change the way you view the human condition. Some advice: you may want to 'warm up' to this book by reading 'Notes from Underground' and 'Crime and Punishment' first to get a sense of Dostoevsky's style.