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The Idiot
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


Overview - Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's masterful translation of The Idiot is destined to stand with their versions of Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov , and Demons as the definitive Dostoevsky in English.  Read more...

 
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More About The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Richard Pevear; Larissa Volokhonsky
 
 
 
Overview
Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's masterful translation of The Idiot is destined to stand with their versions of Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and Demons as the definitive Dostoevsky in English.
After his great portrayal of a guilty man in Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky set out in The Idiot to portray a man of pure innocence. The twenty-six-year-old Prince Myshkin, following a stay of several years in a Swiss sanatorium, returns to Russia to collect an inheritance and "be among people." Even before he reaches home he meets the dark Rogozhin, a rich merchant's son whose obsession with the beautiful Nastasya Filippovna eventually draws all three of them into a tragic denouement. In Petersburg the prince finds himself a stranger in a society obsessed with money, power, and manipulation. Scandal escalates to murder as Dostoevsky traces the surprising effect of this "positively beautiful man" on the people around him, leading to a final scene that is one of the most powerful in all of world literature.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780375702242
  • ISBN-10: 0375702245
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • Publish Date: July 2003
  • Page Count: 656

Series: Vintage Classics

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