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  • Published: 1 July 2003
  • ISBN: 9780679642428
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $29.99

The Idiot




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

Returning to Russia from a sanitarium in Switzerland, the Christ-like epileptic Prince Myshkin finds himself enmeshed in a tangle of love, torn between two women- the notorious kept woman Nastasya and the pure Aglaia- both involved, in turn, with the corrupt, money- hungry Ganya. In the end, Myshkin's honesty, goodness, and integrity are shown to be unequal to the moral emptiness of those around him. In her revision of the Garnett translation, Anna Brailovsky has corrected inaccuracies wrought by Garnett's drastic anglicization of the novel, restoring as much as possible the syntactical structure of the original.

  • Published: 1 July 2003
  • ISBN: 9780679642428
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky was born in Moscow on 11th November 1821. He had six siblings and his mother died in 1837 and his father in 1839. He graduated from the St Petersburg Academy of Military Engineering in 1846 but decided to change careers and become a writer. His first book, Poor Folk, did very well but on 23rd April 1849 he was arrested for subversion and sentenced to death. After a mock-execution his sentence was commuted to hard labour in Siberia where he developed epilepsy.He was released in 1854. His 1860 book, The House of the Dead was based on these experiences. In 1857 he married Maria Dmitrievna Isaeva. After his release he adopted more conservative and traditional values and rejected his previous socialist position. In the following years he spent a lot of time abroad, struggled with an addiction to gambling and fell deeply in debt. His wife died in 1864 and he married Anna Grigoryeva Snitkina. In the following years he published his most enduring and successful books, including Crime and Punishment (1865). He died on 9th February 1881

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Praise for The Idiot

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

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