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The Idiot
     

The Idiot

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by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
 

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One of the most significant of Dostoyevsky's existential classics, The Idiot offers a surprisingly modern hallucinatory nightmare in which a man of pure innocence, the epileptic, twenty-six-year-old Prince Myshkin, following a stay of several years in a Swiss sanatorium, returns to Russia to collect an inheritance.

In Petersburg, the prince finds himself an

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One of the most significant of Dostoyevsky's existential classics, The Idiot offers a surprisingly modern hallucinatory nightmare in which a man of pure innocence, the epileptic, twenty-six-year-old Prince Myshkin, following a stay of several years in a Swiss sanatorium, returns to Russia to collect an inheritance.

In Petersburg, the prince finds himself an outcast in a society obsessed with money, power, and manipulation. Many regard him as an idiot because of his naive virtuousness.

He finds himself torn between two women--the pure Aglaia, and the notorious Nastasya.

In the end, Myshkin's innate goodness and integrity are shown to be no match for the moral desolation of those around him. Scandal escalates to murder, leading to a final passage that is one of the most powerful in all of world literature.

FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY (1821-1881), one of the greatest Russian authors, transformed the art of fiction. Author of numerous novels and short stories, including Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov, he is considered to be a literary colossus, and a central figure in the development of the modern novel.

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BN ID:
2940149429400
Publisher:
R. L. Van Bruggen
Publication date:
04/04/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
962 KB

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The Idiot 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is NOT the Pevear-Volokonsky translation, as the cover claims.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say that this is a very interesting book. The in depth analysis of the main character (Prince Myshkin) kept me captivated for hours. I must say however that while reading this book it can be helpful to keep some sort of log of the characters. Because there is a multitude of characters and each of these characters has a full name, shortened name, and nickname things can get confusing. Also, there are many footnotes (this is understandable because of the book having been translated) which leave the reader constantly flipping around to read them. However, if you can triumph over these things, this is a truely wonderful book that explores an entirely fascinating subject.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Idiot is a book often assigned in schools, but rarely read because it sounds like a boring old 'classic.' Nothing could be further from the truth. Though The Brothers Karamazov and Crime & Punishment are more famous, The Idiot represents perhaps the purest expression of FMD's uncategorizable worldview. The title character is an epileptic (like the author) who is at once guileless and insightful. His candor and forgivingness sets him apart from society, making him an object of both fascination and resentment. Though a highly 'ideological' novel, it is also a soap opera, full of affaires, intrigues, and violent episodes. It's a page-turner you can re-read every few years.
Anonymous 19 days ago
I dont get the allure of this drawn out snoozefest
Anonymous 3 months ago
Kill myself. Haze left me, Sam hasn't been on in a month, I have no friends, should've just left up my suicide post.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Walked in looking around frantice. I held a baby in my arms as i walk at a fast pase." Kaz!"
Anonymous 3 months ago
He walks in. His incredible knowledge got him stuck in school. He looks around and adjusts his glasses.
Anonymous 3 months ago
She appears frowning
Anonymous 3 months ago
The new girl walks in, glancibg around the new school, pursing her lips in thought. <p>Ryanna is wearing black skinny jeans that hugs her thighs and a blue shirt with a pink sweat shirt. She has her hair up in a ponytail and on her feet she wore black Converes.
Anonymous 5 months ago
She steps in casually, glancing around.
Anonymous 5 months ago
He made his way down the stairs all the way to the ground level floor before he glanced around once more. Kiron ran a hand slowly through his tussled brown hair before he began to walk towards the mess hall.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Is this the peculiar children rp? Respond to Inej plz
Anonymous 6 months ago
Wandered in looking around curiously
Anonymous 7 months ago
*walks into this strange new place*
Anonymous 8 months ago
"Excuse me" a smalled brunette teenager said softly "I hear this was a place where peculiar children could go I was wondering if I could stick around" she said with a a small smile
Anonymous 9 months ago
He grins at Daniella. "Would have been funnier if you fell."
Anonymous 10 months ago
She appears smiling and looks around
Anonymous 10 months ago
She walks in shyly, gazing around.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Enters
Anonymous 10 months ago
(Bio at super res 21) walks in
Anonymous 10 months ago
The new 16-year-old girl bounds in, giggling, her voice bubbly. Today she wore a pink spaghetti strap tank, black leather jacket, and tight blue skinnny jeans. On her feet were blue jelly flipflops. Her hair was straight, pink with black at the tips. She wore mascara, vanilla sparkly lip gloss, and diamond earrings. She looked around, eyes wide.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Heart thumping in her chest, Eva gathered up her nerves and walked to the front door. Bracing herself, she knocked on the door thrice, biting her lip and waiting.
Anonymous 11 months ago
The girl walks in. She looked around nervously.
Anonymous 11 months ago
*Walks in* H-hello?
Anonymous 11 months ago
Appears.