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The Idiot

Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Constance Garnett
Introduction by Anne Hruska


The Idiot
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Category: Fiction - Classics
Imprint: Bantam Classics
Format: Paperback
Pub Date: July 1983
Price: $6.95
Can. Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21352-2 (0-553-21352-0)
Pages: 720
Also available as a hardcover, trade paperback and a trade paperback.



 
Despite the harsh circumstances besetting his own life -- object poverty, incessant gambling, the death of his firstborn child -- Dostoevsky produced a second masterpiece, The Idiot, just two years after completing Crime and Punishment. In it, a saintly man, Prince Myshkin, is thrust into the heart of a society more concerned with wealth, power and sexual conquest than with the ideals of Christianity. Myshkin soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal and murder follow, testing Myshkin's moral feelings as Dostoevsky searches through the wreckage left by human misery to find "man in man." The Idiot is a quintessentially Russian novel, one that penetrates the complex psyche of the Russian people. "They call me a psychologist," wrote Dostoevsky. "That is not true. I'm only a realist in the higher sense; that is, I portray all the depths of the human soul."



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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