The Idiot (Vintage Classics)

The Idiot (Vintage Classics) by Fyodor Dostoevsky 0375702245 9780375702242
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Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonskys masterful translation ofThe Idiotis destined to stand with their versions ofCrime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov,andDemonsas the definitive Dostoevsky in English. After his great portrayal of a guilty man inCrime and Punishment,Dostoevsky set out inThe Idiotto 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 merchants 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.

Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 656

Publisher: Vintage

Publication Date: 2003-07-08


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