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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He studies Holbein’s grotesque ‘The Body of the Dead Dostoeveki in the Tomb’ with a patient, detailed eye that at once appears to capture the whole life and death of Christ. And they display how the two are often inseparable: You can read why I came to this decision here.

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I’m sure I’m not the only reader who dostoevwki cheated there. The Pevear and Volokhonsky translation will become the standard English version. Atheism only preaches a negation, but Catholicism goes further: Aglaya slips a note into Myshkin’s hand as they leave. He wants to save this lady, from a life of inevitable degradation and doom, the eternal triangle.

The three men idipt this woman, with whom Rogozhin is obsessed. Ippolit has arranged, at Aglaya’s dostoevsji and with Rogozhin’s help, a meeting between the two women.

It was first published serially in the journal The Russian Messenger in —9. I am not a particularly patient or even discerning reader but I consider the time reading this book well spent. Of course it might be only a prejudice that one sex is more privileged than another in such cases.

Instead of a mad killer, Prince Myshkin the ‘Idiot’ is an innocent saint, a positive, a beautiful soul and holy fool motivated by helping those around him.

This was the idea to ” depict a completely beautiful human being”. Petersburg in as a writer with a religious mission and published three works that derive in different ways from his Siberia experiences: He uses the money to cruise in the Russian upper class society and to mingle with distinguished families. But in real life, even with a belief in determinism or preordinationthe subject always assumes its freedom and acts as though the future is unwritten.


He instinctively likes and trusts the Prince when they first meet, but later develops a hatred for him out of jealousy. In Septemberwhen Dostoevsky began work on what was to iduot The Idiothe was living in Switzerland with his new wife Anna Grigoryevnahaving left Russia in order to escape his creditors.

How do I summarize a novel like this in one paragraph?

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Dostoyevsky returned to St. Published April 8th by Modern Library first published They are all very curious about him and not shy about odiot their opinion, particularly Aglaya. And it’s all classical Russian drama and intrigue, which is to say it’s full of passion, obsession, sudden mood swings, tantrums and hysterical fits. He is utterly afraid of female sexuality and almost pathological in his attempt to ignore the fact that it exists, idilt childlike behaviour and the inexperienced beauty of virgins.

The Prince recounts in detail what the man experienced during those twenty minutes.

Ippolit laughs, and Lizaveta Prokofyevna seizes him by the arm, causing him to break into a prolonged fit of coughing. Of noble birth but orphaned at age 7, she was manipulated into a position of sexual servitude by her guardian, the voluptuary Totsky. A man whom no one can hate even if one tries they fail miserably and end up falling in love with this simpleton. He is the very definition of an idiot, he never, ever learns and what intelligence he has he doesn’t put to working out the truth of a situation and what he should do to benefit himself.

A third reason for which he attracts attention is curiosity. In the letter quoted above, written in as Dostoevsky was writing and sending out the first chapters of the novel, he acknowledges uneasily that he has seized this ambitious project prematurely, out of financial and professional desperation. View all 11 comments.


He is more undefinable, more unintentionally harmful, more pathological than that. When the Prince speaks to her, he only addresses this inner being, and in him she sees and hears the long dreamt-of affirmation of her innocence. He is a writer with obvious flaws and with tremendous strengths. This work was published before January 1,and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least years ago. They demand money from Myshkin as a “just” reimbursement for Pavlishchev’s support, but their arrogant bravado is severely dented when Gavril Ardalionovich, who has been researching the matter on Myshkin’s behalf, proves conclusively that the claim is false and that Burdovsky has been deceived.

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Since The Idiot was first published in Russian, there have been a number of translations into English over the years, including those by:. They drove him mad and how I wanted him to leave both of them to their fate and go some other place where he would get peace of mind but they would not let him walk away.

His innocence causes me discomfort. About The 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. So what is to be done?

Retrieved from ” https: The House of the Deada fictional account of prison life, The Insulted and Dostoecskiwhich reflects the author’s refutation of naive Utopianism in the face of evil, and Winter Notes on Summer Impressionshis account of a trip to Western Europe. He’s a Christ-like figure, but was Christ allowed to live in the society he lived in?