(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)
From award-winning translators, a masterful new translation& 8211;never before published& 8211;of the novel in which Fyodor Dostoevsky set out to portray a truly beautiful soul.
Just two years after completing Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky produced a second novel with a very different man at its center. In The Idiot, the saintly Prince Myshkin returns to Russia from a Swiss sanatorium and finds himself a stranger in a society obsessed with wealth, power, and sexual conquest. He soon becomes entangled in a love triangle with a notorious kept woman, Nastasya, and a beautiful young girl, Aglaya. Extortion and scandal escalate to murder, as Dostoevsky& 8217;s & 8220;positively beautiful man& 8221; clashes with the emptiness of a society that cannot accommodate his innocence and moral idealism. The Idiot is both a powerful indictment of that society and a rich and gripping masterpiece.
Dostoyevsky wanted to create a portrait of a "good man" in Prince Myshkin, a Christlike figure who is the heir to a large fortune and whose simple goodness has a profound impact on those around him. Myshkin's saintly impulses occasionally backfire, as when the prostitute Natasha, believing he loves her, is devastated to learn his love is only pity; she runs away with the evil Rogozhin, who murders her. At times the plot reads like a thriller, though throughout the novel Dostoyevsky probes the meaning of human suffering and the nature of true compassion. In spite of the fact that he felt he didn't achieve his stated goal, THE IDIOT was Dostoyevsky's favorite among his novels.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Types of Characters, Legal + Courtroom + Crime, Love + Relationships + Sex, Human Qualities + Behavior, Classics, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Conflicts + Dualities
- May 1, 2002
- May 1, 2002
- Larissa Volokhonsky , Richard Pevear , Fyodor Dostoyevsky