The Idiot has ratings and reviews. To ask other readers questions about The Idiot, please sign up. Идиот = The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoevsky. a novel first published in –9 (separate edition ). Dostoevsky’s motives for writing The Idiot stem from his desire to depict the “positively. Mostly Novels. Ideas versus Ideals: Dostoevsky’s The Idiot. Dostoyevsky Metro Station, Moscow A stairway in the Dostoevsky Metro Station, Moscow, Russia.

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Videos About This Book. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. He has suffered doxtoevski idiocy due to epilepsy FD too suffered from epilepsy attacks all his childhood and early youth. They demand money from Myshkin as a “just” reimbursement for Pavlishchev’s support, but their arrogant bravado is severely dented when Gavril Ardalionovich, who has been researching the matter on Myshkin’s behalf, proves conclusively that the claim is false and that Burdovsky has been deceived.

Myshkin has none at all. Jul 08, Pages Buy. This man is naturally likened to Christ in many ways.

But as the Prince and Lizaveta Prokofyevna discuss what to do with the invalid, another transformation occurs and Ippolit, after unleashing a torrent of abuse at the Dostoefski, leaves with the other young men. So, who were my favourite characters then?

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As a novel I adored it. The General is greatly agitated by the effect Nastasya Filippovna’s behavior is having on his family, particularly since her information about Yevgeny Pavlovich’s uncle has turned out to be completely correct.

The only problem is that this is only half the book. Realizing who Rogozhin is, he firmly attaches himself to him. From award-winning translators, a masterful new translation—never before published—of the novel in which Fyodor Dostoevsky set out to portray a truly beautiful soul.

The tale is primarily a love story and and a good old fashioned tale of good versus evil. About The Idiot In The Idiotthe saintly Prince Myshkin returns to Russia from a Swiss sanatorium iciot finds himself a stranger in a society obsessed with wealth, power, and sexual conquest. The Prince guesses that he has come to borrow money before he has even mentioned it, and unassumingly engages him in a conversation about the psychological oddity of ‘double thoughts’:.

It was not only a matter of how the good man responded to that world, but of how it responded to him. There is a click but no shot: View all 15 comments.


Stay in Touch Sign up. Of course the prince gets caught up with Rogozhin, Filippovna, and the society around them. From what I gather, Dostoevsky’s goal was to use the idiot character the prince to hold a mirror up to Russian society in the 19th century. I had known, without fully understanding before I read this excellent new translation, that the idea of death in this novel is peculiarly pinned to the idea of execution – what I had not thought through was that in a materialist world the dead man in the painting is an executed man, whose consciousness has been brutally cut off.

The reading drags on for over an hour and by its end the sun has risen. Instead, he gives credit to whoever happens to be in the room with him at the moment, without engaging or giving any active help, and he changes his mind when another person steps into the room.

In The Idioteverything revolves around the two central carnival figures of the “idiot” and the “madwoman”, and consequently “all of life is carnivalized, turned into a “world inside out”: Quixote inhabits the first real novel, in which the old forms of romance and religion become phantasms in his head and on our page, present but shadowy.

This was partly because a majority of the reviewers considered themselves to be opposed to Dostoevsky’s ‘conservatism’, and wished to discredit the book’s supposed political intentions.

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It took me five months dostoesvki four days to finish this book, I think I took longer reading War and Peace but that is a longer book. The theme of the intrapsychic struggle between innocence and guilt is one that manifests, in idiosyncratic forms, in many of the characters in the novel.

Aglaya Ivanovna, despite her occasional fury at his apparent passivity, understands this aspect of Myshkin’s innocence, and expresses it in their conversation at the green seat when she speaks of idioot “two parts of the mind: Dostoevsky seems to admire the prince, and yet raises serious questions about his efficacy as a savior-figure.

Dostoevsky’s notebooks of reveal deep uncertainty as to the direction he was taking with the novel. The character of General Ivolgin, for example, constantly tells outrageous lies, but to those who understand him such as Myshkin, Lebedyev and Kolya he is the noblest and most honest of men.


He occasionally makes reference to the pre-narrative period prior to his confinement in a Swiss sanatorium, when the symptoms were chronic and he really was “almost an idiot”. Prince’s complete lack of aggressiveness is completely contrasted by Rogozhin, Dostoyevsky’s idea of anti-Christ.

He instinctively likes and trusts the Prince when they first meet, but later develops a hatred for him out of jealousy. Like Myshkin, Ippolit is haunted by death and has a similar reverence for the beauty and mystery of life, but his self-absorbed atheist-nihilist worldview pushes him toward opposite conclusions. The next day Ippolit visits the Prince to inform him that he and others such as Lebedyev and Ganya have been intriguing against him, and have been unsettling Aglaya with talk of Nastasya Filippovna.

He soon becomes entangled in a love triangle with a dostoevaki kept woman, Nastasya, and a beautiful young girl, Aglaya. Myshkin stays with her.

Myshkin, the Idiot and simultaneously a man of great intelligence, is distinguished from the Russian society. The Idiot is epic. Lost, in a strange place, against a barrier. He’s a Christ-like figure, but was Christ allowed to live in the society he lived in?

But did he go very far out of his way to help others? I believe in lifelong learning to develop as a human being. From what I …more Depends on what you mean by interesting. They are all very curious about him and not shy about expressing their opinion, particularly Aglaya.

The “Idiot”, has proposed marriage, to both of his loves! I found myself teary, laughing, distressed, idiof of hatred, scared, angry, and sad on behalf of the prince.

The Idiot An Interpretation. He goes after her but Nastasya Filippovna stops him desperately and then faints. The only thing I dislike about Dostoyevsky and the one reason why I’m not giving The Idiot five dowtoevski is his tendency to go off on tangents just when something exciting is about to happen.

It is the quality of Dostoevsky’s doubt and fear that is the intense religious emotion in this novel – to which Lawrence was no doubt reacting.