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Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonskys 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 merchants 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.

Review:

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

Review:

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

Synopsis:

Prince Myshkin is an epileptic. The self-important, self-serving members of society easily cast him aside. But by portraying these fatuous and shallow dignitaries of the upper classes in all their odium, Dostoevsky, himself a sufferer of epilepsy, gives Myshkin a high relief. Myshkin's honesty and piety stand him apart from his fellow human beings; indeed, he is a modern Christ among them. Written with warmth and sympathy, love and dark humor," The Idiot remains one of the great masterworks of Russian letters. For this edition, Constance Garnett's beloved translation was revised and updated by Elina Yuffa, who also supplied historical, textual, and biographical notes. Joseph Frank is Professor Emeritus at both Princeton and Stanford Universities and the world's leading Dostoevsky biographer.

About the Author

About the Translators:

Richard Pevear has published translations of Alain, Yves Bonnefoy, Alberto Savinio, Pavel Florensky, and Henri Volohonsky, as well as two books of poetry. He has received fellowships or grants for translation from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the French Ministry of Culture.

Larissa Volokhonsky was born in Leningrad. She has translated works by the prominent Orthodox theologians Alexander Schmemann and John Meyendorff into Russian. Together, Pevear and Volokhonsky have translated Dead Souls and The Collected Tales by Nikolai Gogol, and The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, Notes from Underground, Demons, and The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky. They were awarded the PEN Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize for their version of The Brothers Karamazov, and more recently Demons was one of three nominees for the same prize. They are married and live in France.

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Elliott, June 28, 2011 (view all comments by Elliott)
This is one of the most important novels and strongest influences in my reading life. Dostoevsky writes such amazing scenes in this book, like when Nastasya lights a fire to burn the bank notes in front of Ganya, or the end when Rogozhin and Prince Myshkin's knees are touching under the table (I won't explain the significance of this without spoiling the end). Prince Myshkin is one of the greatest literary characters. This novel is a must read.
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h2oetry, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by h2oetry)
Crazy ole Dostoevsky creates one of the most dynamic endings in literature here in The Idiot. He also depicts one of the most pure (though naive) characters in Prince Myshkin. A definite read-it-again book. Read it, people! Get on it! The 500+ pages of suspense are worth it.

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h2oetry, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by h2oetry)
Crazy ole Dostoevsky creates one of the most dynamic endings in literature here in The Idiot. He also depicts one of the most pure (though naive) characters in Prince Myshkin. A definite read-it-again book. Read it, people! Get on it! The 500+ pages of suspense are worth it.

http://bit.ly/dLOqej
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375702242
Translator:
Pevear, Richard
Translator:
Volokhonsky, Larissa
Translator:
Pevear, Richard
Translator:
Volokhonsky, Larissa
Author:
Volokhonsky, Larissa
Author:
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Author:
Dostoevsky, Fyodor M.
Author:
Pevear, Richard
Author:
Fyodor Dostoevsky trans. by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Classics
Series Volume:
108-80
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.19 x 1.11 in 1 lb

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"Review" by , "Nothing is outside Dostoevsky's province....Out of Shakespeare there is no more exciting reading."
"Review" by , "My intention is to portray a truly beautiful soul."
"Synopsis" by , Prince Myshkin is an epileptic. The self-important, self-serving members of society easily cast him aside. But by portraying these fatuous and shallow dignitaries of the upper classes in all their odium, Dostoevsky, himself a sufferer of epilepsy, gives Myshkin a high relief. Myshkin's honesty and piety stand him apart from his fellow human beings; indeed, he is a modern Christ among them. Written with warmth and sympathy, love and dark humor," The Idiot remains one of the great masterworks of Russian letters. For this edition, Constance Garnett's beloved translation was revised and updated by Elina Yuffa, who also supplied historical, textual, and biographical notes. Joseph Frank is Professor Emeritus at both Princeton and Stanford Universities and the world's leading Dostoevsky biographer.
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