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The Idiot

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky


The Idiot
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Category: Fiction - Classics
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: July 2003
Price: $16.95
Can. Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70224-2 (0-375-70224-5)
Pages: 656
Also available as a hardcover, paperback and a trade paperback.



 
Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky’s masterful translation of The Idiot is destined to stand with their versions of Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and Demons as the definitive Dostoevsky in English.

After his great portrayal of a guilty man in Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky set out in The Idiot to 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 merchant’s 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.

“Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, justly acclaimed for their translations of such Russian classics as Gogol’s Dead Souls and Dostoyevski’s The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment and Notes from Underground, have now undertaken another major Dostoyevski novel, The Idiot. Their trademark style—fresh, crisp and faithful to the original (bumps and blemishes included)—brings the story of naïve, truth-telling Prince Myshkin to new life. As is true of their other translations of Dostoyevski, this will likely be the definitive edition for years to come.”—Publishers Weekly



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky live in France. They have also translated Crime and Punishment, Notes from the Underground, and Demons by Dostoevsky. They were awarded the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize for their version of The Brothers Karamazov.


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