The Idiot

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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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Der Idiot: Don Quijote und Christus zugleich
Mit dem Fürsten Myschkin, dem "Idioten", präsentiert Dostojewski einen im christlichen Sinne guten, aber auch
tragischen Helden. Myschkin erinnert in seiner grenzenlosen Naivität und Vertrauensseligkeit an Don Quijote. Er ist eine Gegenfigur zu den arroganten, skrupellosen Menschen der St. Petersburger Gesellschaft in der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts. Myschkin steht für die Niederlage von Tugend und Moral in einer Zeit, da in Russland das wohlhabende Bürgertum und der Land besitzende Adel um ihre wirtschaftlichen Privilegien kämpfen. 1861 wurde in Russland die Leibeigenschaft aufgehoben und das Land näherte sich immer mehr dem Westen an. Dostojewski lässt den Fürsten Myschkin indirekt ein Opfer dieses gesellschaftlichen Umbruchs werden. Er scheitert an seiner Unfähigkeit, die Menschen, die ihre Lebensbeziehungen verstärkt dem Prinzip von Käuflichkeit und Kommerz unterordnen, richtig einzuschätzen. Die psychologische Tiefenschärfe, die der Dichter in diesem Roman erreicht, ist in der damaligen Romanliteratur einzigartig und hat mit dazu beigetragen, dass der Autor zu den zehn meistgenannten Namen der Weltliteratur zählt. Aufgrund der vielen Dialoge eignete sich der Roman Der Idiot auch sehr gut für mehrere Dramen- und Filmfassungen.
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a Russian novelist, short story writer and essayist whose literary works explored human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual context of nineteenth-century Russia. A student of the the Nikolayev Military Engineering Institute, Dostoyevsky initially worked as an engineer, but began translating books to earn extra money. The publication of first novel, Poor Folk, allowed him to join St. Petersburg's literary circles. A prolific writer, Dostoyevsky is best known for work from the latter part of his career, including the classic novels Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. Dostoyevsky's influence extends to authors as diverse as Anton Chekhov, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and Jean-Paul Sartre, among many others. He died in 1881.

David Magarshack (1899-1977) was born in Riga, in present-day Latvia (Riga was then part of Russia). He moved to Britain in 1920 and became naturalized in 1931. After graduating from University College London in English Language and Literature, he worked in Fleet Street, subsequently becoming a published writer.Best known for his translations of Dostoevsky, he also published several novels, and biographies of Chekhov, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Stanislavsky and Turgenev.

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