The Idiot
The Idiot
Introduction by William Mills Todd
Translated by David McDuff


Inspired by an image of Christ's suffering, Fyodor Dostoyevsky set out to portray "a truly beautiful soul" colliding with the brutal reality of contemporary society. Returning to St. Petersburg from a Swiss sanatorium, the gentle and naive Prince Myshkin—known as "the idiot"—pays a visit to his distant relative General Yepanchin and proceeds to charm the General and his circle. But after becoming infatuated with the beautiful Nastasya Filippovna, Myshkin finds himself caught up in a love triangle and drawn into a web of blackmail, betrayal, and, ultimately, murder. This new translation by David McDuff is sensitive to the shifting registers of the original Russian, capturing the nervous, elliptic flow of the narrative for a new generation of readers.

Title The Idiot
Author Fyodor Dostoevsky
Introduction by William Mills Todd
Translated by David McDuff
Publisher Penguin Classics
Dewey Classification 891.733
Title First Published 31 August 2004
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 768 p.
ISBN-10 014044792X
ISBN-13 9780140447927
Publication Date 31 August 2004
Main content page count 768
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $14.00
 


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