The Idiot has ratings and reviews. To ask other readers questions about The Idiot, please sign up. Идиот = The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky. a novel first published in –9 (separate edition ). Dostoevsky’s motives for writing The Idiot stem from his desire to depict the “positively. Mostly Novels. Ideas versus Ideals: Dostoevsky’s The Idiot. Dostoyevsky Metro Station, Moscow A stairway in the Dostoevsky Metro Station, Moscow, Russia.

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This page was last edited on 8 Mayat You ever been in a public dostoevsmi at night and the power fails, and you run into a wall? This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.

You ever been deployed to Qatar in the transition billeting tent at night, not wanting to disturb all the soldiers with your mag-light, and run into a tent wall? About Dostkevski Idiot In The Idiotthe saintly Prince Myshkin returns to Russia from a Swiss sanatorium and finds himself a stranger in a society obsessed with wealth, power, and sexual conquest.

She is deeply angry when, instead of “defending himself triumphantly” against his enemies Ippolit and his nihilist friendshe tries to make peace with them and offers assistance.

He is an elitist, openly rejecting equality and democracy in favour of his own, idle class: His mind, his heart rostoevski lit up with idoot extraordinary light; all his agitation, all his doubts, all his worries were as if placated at once, resolved in a sort of sublime tranquility, filled with serene, harmonious joy, and hope, filled with reason and ultimate cause.

I was so relieved not only because I managed to read it, but also because it is one of those books that I have been trying to fill this review box ever since I finished this book.

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The combination produces a cynical and destructive outer persona, which disguises a fragile and deeply hurt inner being. First I suppose a short plot synopsis should be in order: The form of the novel is shaped by the inexorable outbreak of Dostoevsky’s deepest preoccupations. A letter tells him, naturally he gives away most of it to people, who say the prince owes them money.


Lebedevinvites the consumptive boy that he befriended, Ippolit, an unpleasant youth to stay during his last days and still earns no respect, from anyone Myshkin stays with her.

But his innocence is serious rather than comical, and ixiot has a deeper insight into the psychology of human beings in general by assuming its presence in everyone else, even as they laugh at him, or try to deceive and exploit him.

He examines things for depth and poignance that actually left me shaking. But he is only beautiful because he is ridiculous at the same time. It is the old problem of “How could Jesus be a perfect man if he had no sexual desire or experience?

Stay in Touch Sign up. From award-winning dostlevski, a masterful new translation—never before published—of the novel in which Fyodor Dostoevsky dostoevsmi out to portray a truly beautiful soul. So many times I felt so angry when people called him mad, fool, idiot, because they failed to see the beautiful heart that the Prince had.

He lets you make fun of him — often himself joining the lough himself. He describes the beheading of John the Baptist; looking for details of his face in that still and eternal second before his execution.

Engaging the servant in conversation, the Prince tells the harrowing story of an execution by guillotine that he recently witnessed in France. The negative depiction of Filippovna in The Idiot was crucial to the story. He is supposed to be a nearly perfect man, the very picture of benevolence and kindness. Indeed, I read the version translated originally in by Olga Carlisle. And this anti-Christ isn’t pure evil but someone who can’t stand the idea of being cheated eostoevski.

About corrupting love and the fear of love. He carefully explains his reasons for the suggestion, enters in to the emotions and thoughts of the condemned man, and describes in meticulous detail what the painting should depict. Apr 30, Pages. Myshkin, doesn’t even have proper clothes for the cold, late November day as he steps down into the unknown metropolis. But how can one give up idkot sprees in a single moment?


Myshkin replies that Nastasya Filippovna is insane, that he only feels profound compassion and is not in love with her, but admits that he has come to Pavlovsk for her sake.

I like that a lot. He tries to approach the subject of Nastasya Filippovna again, but she silences him and hurriedly leaves. He was nearly beginning to reproach himself for his laughter, but at once realised that he had nothing to reproach himself with, since he had an infinite pity for the general.

I had known, without fully understanding before I read this excellent new translation, that the idea of death in this novel is peculiarly pinned to the idea of execution – what I had not thought through was that in a materialist world the dead man in the painting is an executed man, whose consciousness has been brutally cut off. In short, The Idito is a book full of histrionics, but I love it, because for one thing, there’s something grand about all those huge emotions, and for another, Dostoyevsky is such a good writer that he gets away with making his characters behave like Greek gods.

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He resigned from the army two years later. Aglaya, deeply distressed, catches him in her arms as he falls. Among the guests at the party are Totsky, General Epanchin, Ganya, his friend Ptitsyn Varya’s husbandand Ferdyshchenko, who, with Nastasya Filippovna’s approval, plays the role of cynical buffoon.