The idiot

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Just two years after completing Crime and Punishment, which explored the mind of a murderer, Fyodor Dostoevsky produced another masterpiece: The Idiot. This time the author portrays a truly beautiful soul and one of Dostoevsky's greatest characters-Prince Muishkin, a saintly, Christ-like, yet deeply human figure.

The story begins when Muishkin arrives on Russian soil after a stay in a Swiss sanatorium. Scorned by St. Petersburg society as an idiot for his generosity and innocence, the prince finds himself at the center of a struggle between a rich, kept woman and a beautiful, virtuous girl, who both hope to win his affection. Unfortunately, Muishkin's very goodness seems to bring disaster to everyone he meets. The shocking denouement tragically reveals how, in a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, a sanatorium is the only place for a saint.

This version of The Idiot is the translation by Eva Martin.

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A Russian prince returns to Saint Petersburg after a long absence in Switzerland, where he was undergoing treatment for epilepsy. On the train he meets and befriends a man of low origins. This man becomes the dark counterpart of the inherently good prince; the two can also be seen as Christ- and devil-like figures. Dostoevsky wished to portray an unspoiled man, whose goodness is plunged into the chaos of Saint Petersberg society and a passionate contest for the disreputable Nastasya.

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title_display The idiot
title_full The Idiot, The idiot / Fyodor Dostoevsky ; introduction by Anne Hruska ; translated from the Russian by Constance Garnett, The idiot / Fyodor M. Dostoevsky ; updated and abridged by Thomas Beyer ; translated by Eva Martin, The idiot [electronic resource] / Fyodor Dostoevsky, The idiot [electronic resource] / Fyodor Mikhail Dostoyevsky, The idiot [electronic resource] / by Fyodor Dostoevsky ; dramatizaton by David Fishelson, The idiot [electronic resource] / by Fyodor Dostoevsky ; translated from the Russian by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky ; introduction by Richard Pevear, The idiot [electronic resource] Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881.
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