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The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, David McDuff, William Mills Todd III
The Idiot
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Inspired by an image of Christ?s suffering, Fyodor Dostoyevsky set out to portray ?a truly beautiful soul? colliding with the brutal reality of contemporary society. Returning to St. Petersburg from a Swiss sanatorium, the gentle and naive Prince Myshkin?known as ?the idiot??pays a visit to his... show more
Inspired by an image of Christ?s suffering, Fyodor Dostoyevsky set out to portray ?a truly beautiful soul? colliding with the brutal reality of contemporary society. Returning to St. Petersburg from a Swiss sanatorium, the gentle and naive Prince Myshkin?known as ?the idiot??pays 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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140447927 (014044792X)
ASIN: 014044792X
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 768
Edition language: English
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
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3.0 Hysterical Melodrama: "The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett (Translator), Alan Myers (Translator), Joseph Frank (Introduction), Anna Brailovsky (Translator)
I'd like to suggest that reading choice, at all ages, resembles a vortex. One's favourite books and authors swirl round, and are re-read (I've always been a great re-reader). New books are sucked in to join the vortex, and some of the favourites gradually sink down, just occasionally bobbing back up...
Words, Words, Words
Words, Words, Words rated it
4.5 'The Idiot' by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Now that I’ve reached the end of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Idiot (this edition translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky) I have begun to see it as the story of a man scandalized by a world that disappoints nearly every effort at goodness. A man, the prince and maybe the author, who, having...
Romance and other things
Romance and other things rated it
5.0 JOINT REVIEW AT DA WITH JENNIE, REPOSTED WITH HER PERMISSION
Sirius: Dear readers, When Jennie mentioned in one of her DA posts that she was reading “The Idiot”, I decided that this was going to be my chance to stop being intimidated by Dostoevsky and actually try reviewing one of his books. I loved those of his works which I managed to finish, do not get me ...
Blogs Don't Burn
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5.0
When I was a kid, I liked rules. What’s more a lot of these rules came from my own parents, who I loved and who loved me. I was shy and cautious, and as far as I could see life was pretty simple; rules were for our own good, and people who stuck to the rules were happy, but people who broke the rule...
Blogs Don't Burn
Blogs Don't Burn rated it
4.5
When I was a kid, I liked rules. What’s more a lot of these rules came from my own parents, who I loved and who loved me. I was shy and cautious, and as far as I could see life was pretty simple; rules were for our own good, and people who stuck to the rules were happy, but people who broke the rule...
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