The Idiot

The Idiot

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Returning to St Petersburg from a Swiss sanatorium, the gentle and naive Prince Myshkin -- known as 'the idiot' -- pays a visit to his distant relative General Yepanchin and proceeds to charm the General, his wife and his three daughters. But his life is thrown into turmoil when he chances on a photograph of the beautiful Nastasya Filippovna. Utterly infatuated with her, he soon finds himself caught up in a love triangle and drawn into a web of blackmail, betrayal and, finally, murder. In Prince Myshkin, Dostoyevsky set out to portray the purity of 'a truly beautiful soul' and to explore the perils that innocence and goodness face in a corrupt world. David McDuff's new translation brilliantly captures the novel's idiosyncratic and dream-like language and the nervous, elliptic flow of the narrative. This edition also includes a new introduction by William Mills Todd III, which is a fascinating examination of the pressures on Dostoyevsky as he wrote the story of his Christ-like hero.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781494410087
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/08/2013
Pages: 578
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881), one of nineteenth-century Russia’s greatest novelists, spent four years in a convict prison in Siberia, after which he was obliged to enlist in the army. In later years his penchant for gambling sent him deeply into debt. Most of his important works were written after 1864, including Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov, all available from Penguin Classics.

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The Idiot 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 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 More than 1 year ago
I dont get the allure of this drawn out snoozefest
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
She appears frowning
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
She steps in casually, glancing around.
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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 More than 1 year ago
Wandered in looking around curiously
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*walks into this strange new place*
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"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 More than 1 year ago
He grins at Daniella. "Would have been funnier if you fell."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She appears smiling and looks around
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walks in shyly, gazing around.
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Enters
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(Bio at super res 21) walks in
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
The girl walks in. She looked around nervously.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Walks in* H-hello?
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Appears.
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His gaze caught the girl leaving and he followed her. This was not meant to be creapy, he was just wondering if she was ok. Plus he wanted someone to talk to. As he got closer he brought his hand from his pocket and tapped her shoulder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-is here. Is dead-
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The young girl shook back and forth in the dusty corner, her wings spread around her. "Help." She managed to squeak.