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The Idiot (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics) (original 1869; edition 2004)

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Inspired by an image of Christas suffering, Fyodor Dostoyevsky set out to portray aa truly beautiful soula colliding with the brutal reality of contemporary society. Returning to St. Petersburg from a Swiss sanatorium, the gentle and naive Prince Myshkinaknown as athe idiotaapays a visit to his distant relative General Yepanchin and proceeds to charm the General and his circle. But after becoming infatuated with the beautiful Nastasya Filippovna, Myshkin finds himself caught up in a love triangle and drawn into a web of blackmail, betrayal, and, ultimately, murder. This new translation by David McDuff is sensitive to the shifting registers of the original Russian, capturing the nervous, elliptic flow of the narrative for a new generation of readers.… (more)
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The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1869)

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first dostoyevsky for me and while it was a very long and arduous reading, i quite enjoyed it. ( )
  ernest-heminways | Jan 2, 2021 |
I don't know how anyone could like anyone else in this. ( )
  stravinsky | Dec 28, 2020 |
What an incredible book. This work surely and firmly solidifies Dostoevsky as one of the seminal authors of the 19th century. I'm talking Mona Lisa quality here. Pyramids of Giza. Beethoven's ninth symphony.

Even more than [b:The Brothers Karamazov|4934|The Brothers Karamazov|Fyodor Dostoyevsky|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1427728126s/4934.jpg|3393910], The Idiot is such an incredibly intense piece of work that you actually start to care for the fictional characters. Every time I had to close the book, I felt something akin to abandonment of poor Prince Myshkin. If you ask me, the undertaking of describing the 'wholly virtuous man' succeeded brilliantly.

Apart from all above, The Idiot is also simply an interesting story, well written and incredibly intensive, with unforgettable characters like Natasya Filippovna, Rogozhin, Ippolit, Lizaveta Prokofyevna, Aglaya, Lebedev, ... The final scene of the first part will be with me forever. The pages running up to Myshkin's epileptic fit in the second part left me nearly ecstatic. The final chapters contain the most beautiful ending of a story ever imagined.

I also want to to throw in a big compliment to the translator of my edition, [a:Ignat Avsey|572495|Ignat Avsey|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png]. This was an incredible translation, if you ask my layman's opinion (I don't read or understand the original Russian at all). ( )
  bbbart | Dec 27, 2020 |
Ky është romani në të cilin mishërohen në trajtën më të plotë parimet krijuese të Dostojevskit dhe ku zotërimi i çuditshëm i subjektit arrin lulëzimin e vërtetë. Në të rrëfehet historia e qartë dhe tejet e dhimbshme e princit fatkeq Mishkin, e Rogozhinit të tërbuar dhe e Nastasia Filipovnës së trishtuar.
  BibliotekaFeniks | Nov 27, 2020 |
My only other experience with Russian literature is several of Nabokov's books. 'The Idiot' was absolutely, perfectly amazing.
A Tragic Comedy in 4 acts. ( )
  ZanaDont | Nov 5, 2020 |
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Dostoevsky, Fyodorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Avsey, IgnatTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carlisle, HenryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carlisle, OlgaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dahl, StaffanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eichenberg, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Frank, JosephIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Hill, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Towards the end of November, during a warm spell, at around nine o'clock in the morning, a train of the Petersburg-Warsaw line was approaching Petersburg at full steam.
At nine o'clock in the morning, towards the end of November, the Warsaw train was approaching Petersburg at full speed. It was thawing, and so damp and foggy that it was difficult to distinguish anything ten paces from the line to right or left of the carriage windows. Some of the passengers were returning from abroad, but the third-class compartments were most crowded, chiefly with people of humble rank, who had come a shorter distance on business. All of course were tired and shivering, their eyes were heavy after the night's journey, and all their faces were pale and yellow to match the fog. [Trans. Constance Garnett]
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Inspired by an image of Christas suffering, Fyodor Dostoyevsky set out to portray aa truly beautiful soula colliding with the brutal reality of contemporary society. Returning to St. Petersburg from a Swiss sanatorium, the gentle and naive Prince Myshkinaknown as athe idiotaapays a visit to his distant relative General Yepanchin and proceeds to charm the General and his circle. But after becoming infatuated with the beautiful Nastasya Filippovna, Myshkin finds himself caught up in a love triangle and drawn into a web of blackmail, betrayal, and, ultimately, murder. This new translation by David McDuff is sensitive to the shifting registers of the original Russian, capturing the nervous, elliptic flow of the narrative for a new generation of readers.

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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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