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Just two years after completing Crime and Punishment, which explored the mind of a murderer, Dostoevsky produced another masterpiece, The Idiot. This time the author portrays a truly beautiful soul—a character he found difficult to bring to life because, as he wrote, “beauty is the ideal, and neither my country, nor civilized Europe, know what that ideal of beauty is.” The result was one of Dostoevskys greatest characters—Prince Myshkin, a saintly, Christ-like, yet deeply human figure.

The story begins when Myshkin arrives on Russian soil after a stay in a Swiss sanatorium. Scorned by St. Petersburg society as an idiot for his generosity and innocence, the prince finds himself at the center of a struggle between a rich, kept woman and a beautiful, virtuous girl, who both hope to win his affection. Unfortunately, Myshkins very goodness seems to bring disaster to everyone he meets. The shocking denouement tragically reveals how, in a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, a sanatorium is the only place for a saint.

 

Joseph Frank is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Princeton University and Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Slavic Languages and Literature at Stanford University. He is the author of a five-volume study of Dostoevskys life and work. The first four volumes received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, two Christian Gauss Awards, two James Russell Lowell Awards of the Modern Language Association, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and other honors. Frank is also the author of Through the Russian Prism: Essays on Literature and Culture, The Widening Gyre, and The Idea of Spatial Form. He also wrote the introduction to the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Dostoevskys The House of the Dead and Poor Folk.

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Just two years after completing Crime and Punishment, which explored the mind of a murderer, Dostoevsky produced another masterpiece, The Idiot. This time the author portrays a truly beautiful soul—a character he found difficult to bring to life because, as he wrote, “beauty is the ideal, and neither my country, nor civilized Europe, know what that ideal of beauty is.” The result was one of Dostoevsky’s greatest characters—Prince Myshkin, a saintly, Christ-like, yet deeply human figure.

The story begins when Myshkin arrives on Russian soil after a stay in a Swiss sanatorium. Scorned by St. Petersburg society as an idiot for his generosity and innocence, the prince finds himself at the center of a struggle between a rich, kept woman and a beautiful, virtuous girl, who both hope to win his affection. Unfortunately, Myshkin’s very goodness seems to bring disaster to everyone he meets. The shocking denouement tragically reveals how, in a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, a sanatorium is the only place for a saint.

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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

Joseph Frank is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Princeton University and Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Slavic Languages and Literature at Stanford University. He is the author of a five-volume study of Dostoevsky’s life and work. The first four volumes received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, two Christian Gauss Awards, two James Russell Lowell Awards of the Modern Language Association, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and other honors. Frank is also the author of Through the Russian Prism: Essays on Literature and Culture, The Widening Gyre, and The Idea of Spatial Form. He also wrote the introduction to the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Dostoevsky’s The House of the Dead and Poor Folk.

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aprajita. sarcar, August 17, 2007 (view all comments by aprajita. sarcar)
Myshkin may be the most beautiful soul- but he left me cringing. His abslute belief in all that is told to him, makes him the Idiot. And to say that Myshkin thought that way because he is epileptic is too simplistic an assumption, and so, every time a character in the book used this excuse for his having said or done something, the character (her)himself seemed unconvinced by what (s)he said. Myshkin is that part of me which has learnt to step back, after I learnt that the collective madness around me, is what makes social norms.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781593080587
Translator:
Garnett, Constance
Translator:
Garnett, Constance
Translator:
Garnett, Constance
Introduction by:
Frank, Joseph
Introduction:
Frank, Joseph
Author:
Garnett, Constance
Author:
Dostoevsky, Fyodor M.
Author:
Frank, Joseph
Author:
Fyodor Dostoevsky
Author:
Dostoevsky, Fyodor Mikhailovich
Author:
Dosteovsky, Fyodor
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble Classics
Subject:
General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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LITERATURE - LIT CLASSICS TRD PB
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Barnes and Noble Classics
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 x 1.52 in

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Just two years after completing Crime and Punishment, which explored the mind of a murderer, Dostoevsky produced another masterpiece, The Idiot. This time the author portrays a truly beautiful soul—a character he found difficult to bring to life because, as he wrote, “beauty is the ideal, and neither my country, nor civilized Europe, know what that ideal of beauty is.” The result was one of Dostoevsky’s greatest characters—Prince Myshkin, a saintly, Christ-like, yet deeply human figure.

The story begins when Myshkin arrives on Russian soil after a stay in a Swiss sanatorium. Scorned by St. Petersburg society as an idiot for his generosity and innocence, the prince finds himself at the center of a struggle between a rich, kept woman and a beautiful, virtuous girl, who both hope to win his affection. Unfortunately, Myshkin’s very goodness seems to bring disaster to everyone he meets. The shocking denouement tragically reveals how, in a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, a sanatorium is the only place for a saint.

"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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