The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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There is no question about it, “The Idiot” is not a page turner....Who defines what is normal, what is acceptable? Yes, Myshkin was ill, but he was also kind and compassionate. In the end a depraved society caught up in its own decadence destroyed him, evidence that society will chew you up and spit you out once you no longer amuse it.
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A towering figure of Russian literature, Fyodor Dostoyevsky depicted with remarkable insight the depth and complexity of the human soul. In this literary classic, he focuses on a nobleman, whose gentle, child-like nature has earned him the nickname of "the idiot."A superb, panoramic view of mid-19th-century Russian manners, morals and philosophy.
 

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), one of nineteenth-century Russia's greatest novelists, spent four years in a convict prison in Siberia, after which he was obliged to enlist in the army. In later years his penchant for gambling sent him deeply into debt. Most of his important works were written after 1864, including Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov, all available from Penguin Classics. David McDuff was educated at the University of Edinburgh and has translated a number of works for Penguin Classics, including Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. David McDuff was educated at the University of Edinburgh and has translated a number of works for Penguin Classics, including Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov.
 
Published December 12, 2003 by Dover Publications. 544 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Action & Adventure, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by AS Byatt on Jun 25 2004

I think The Idiot to be a masterpiece - flawed, occasionally tedious or overwrought, like many masterpieces - but a fact of world literature just as important as the densely dramatic Brothers Karamazov or the brilliantly subtle and terrifying Devils .

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Reviewed by Melissa LR Handa on Jul 15 2009

There is no question about it, “The Idiot” is not a page turner....Who defines what is normal, what is acceptable? Yes, Myshkin was ill, but he was also kind and compassionate. In the end a depraved society caught up in its own decadence destroyed him, evidence that society will chew you up and spit you out once you no longer amuse it.

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Propeller Quarterly

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Reviewed by Emily Burns Morgan on May 01 2014

The fact that this novel is not as “tight,” that it is not “centered” around a single “binding idea,” as are Crime and Punishment or The Brothers Karamazov, points to the modernity of the book and its concerns, according to Rosenshield.

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