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The Idiot

Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
Length: 656 pages
Type: Fiction, Kindle

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“After his great portrayal of a guilty man in Crime and PunishmentDostoevsky 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 merchant’s 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.”




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