The Idiot

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Prince Myshkin, a good yet simple man, is out of place in the corrupt world created by Russia's ruling class.

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But it is rewarding in its insight into human nature. - LibraryThing
They seem to enjoy the banter. - LibraryThing
The grace of Dostoevsky's prose is simply breathtaking. - LibraryThing
First, the ending scenes of the novel are riveting. - LibraryThing

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I really liked this book. I had always heard that the Russian Masters were too difficult to read. I did not find Dostoyevsky too difficult at all. The action was quick, the characters very well ... Read full review

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Is a sanitarium the only fit place for a saint today? Prince Lev causes turmoil in St. Petersburg society because he is assumed to be an idiot while in reality he is an innocent. An examination of a truly altruistic man in a selfish world. Well worth the read. Read full review

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About the author (1955)

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 his 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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