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Idiot, The : Bantam Classic - Fyodor Dostoevsky

Idiot, The

Bantam Classic

Paperback Published: 1st August 1983
ISBN: 9780553213522
Number Of Pages: 597

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" My intention is to portray a truly beautiful soul." -- Dostoevsky
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."

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"Nothing is outside Dostoevsky's province. . . . Out of Shakespeare there is no more exciting reading." --Virginia Woolf

Chronologyp. vii
Introductionp. xi
Further Readingp. xxxv
A Note on the Translationp. xxxviii
The Idiotp. 1
Notesp. 719
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ISBN: 9780553213522
ISBN-10: 0553213520
Series: Bantam Classic
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 597
Published: 1st August 1983
Publisher: Roundhouse Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.6 x 10.7  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1