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The Idiot|Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Overview

The most autobiographical novel by the author of Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov--and the namesake of Elif Batuman's debut novel, The Idiot

Returning to St Petersburg from a Swiss sanatorium, the gentle and na ve epileptic Prince Myshkin-- known as the "idiot"--pays a visit to his distant relative General Yepanchin and proceeds to charm the General and his family. But his life is thrown into turmoil when he chances on a photograph of the beautiful Nastasya Filippovna. Utterly infatuated, 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 portrays the purity of "a truly beautiful soul" and explores the perils that innocence and goodness face in a corrupt world.

David McDuff's translation brilliantly captures the novel's idiosyncratic and dream-like language and the nervous, elliptic flow of the narrative. This edition also contains an 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.

  • ISBN-13: 9780140447927
  • ISBN-10: 014044792X
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Publish Date: August 2004
  • Dimensions: 7.78 x 5.08 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.22 pounds
  • Page Count: 732
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP