A superb new translation of The Idiot reveals some unexpected facets of Dostoevsky’s hero, AS Byatt finds. The The Idiot characters covered include: Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin immensely kind, which leads most characters in the novel to consider him an ” idiot. From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes , the SparkNotes The Idiot Study Guide has everything you need to ace quizzes.

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The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The carnival atmosphere that develops around them in each situation and dialogue “bright and joyous” in Myshkin’s case, “dark and infernal” in Nastasya Filippovna’s allows Dostoevsky to “expose a different side of life to himself and to the reader, to spy upon and depict in that life certain new, unknown depths and possibilities.

Every point is handled thus. Why disappear and make way for others when we might remain in advance and be the leaders? Rogozhin, a young man who can’t control his emotions, very unstable, just inheriting a vast fortune, eager to show the whole city, it. She is proud, commanding and impatient, but also full of arch humour, laughter and innocence, and the Prince is particularly drawn to her after the darkness of his time with Nastasya Filippovna and Rogozhin. View all 20 comments. His unexpected tirade at the Epanchins’ dinner party is based in unequivocal assertions that Catholicism is “an unChristian faith”, that it preaches the Antichrist, and that its appropriation and distortion of Christ’s teaching into a basis for the attainment of political supremacy has given birth to atheism.

Aglaya becomes angry, demands that he throw the letters back in her face, and storms off. His blend of Christian optimism on the one hand combined with nihilistic fatalism on the other speaks to me in a way no other writer ever has and in a way that feels very contemporary and relevant still. Put on pause twice, then finally finishing it this month. It can be baggy, chaotic, digressive but the best bits are simply brilliant and overall I found it a tremendously edifying read.


How do I review a Russian literature classic?

Are there countries in the world which are more likely to produce depressing literature than others? Whenever he appears “hierarchical barriers between people suddenly become penetrable, an inner contact is formed between them It speaks truth of our striving human conditions; our emotions which only know the truth of their existence in the moment; yet it is a true and pure novel, like the heart of our unusual but endearing hero, Prince Myshkin: Critical reception of The Idiot at the time of its publication in Russia was almost uniformly negative.

I enjoyed it mainly because I love Dostoevsky’s sensibility. Introduction to The Idiot trans. The officer recovers his composure, addresses himself to Myshkin, politely confirms his name, and leaves.

Prince of fools

dostojrvskij The two men keep vigil over the body, which Rogozhin has laid out in his study. I found it tangled, hard to follow, uninteresting.

The good prince appears in the early notes as proud and demonic, and the rapist of his adopted sister a prototype of Nastasya Filippovna. How the hell, dude, can you award 2 stars to an uber-classic? On the other hand, I found the negativity toward females gratuitous in The Brothers Karamazov. The purpose of Myshkin’s trip is to make the acquaintance of his distant relative Lizaveta Prokofyevna, and to make inquiries about a matter of business.


The essay is a painfully detailed description of the events and thoughts leading him to what he calls his ‘final conviction’: However Dostoyevsky goes one step further making Prince and Rogozhin friends.

Eventually he falls asleep and the party disperses. During this time Dostoevsky periodically fell into the grip of his gambling addiction and lost what little money they had on the roulette tables.

With her interpretation is makes perfect sense why so many of the men fall head over heels for this “shamed” woman, and her mercurial, teasing, troublemaking character makes perfect sense. He’s a Christ-like figure, but was Christ allowed to live in the society he lived in? As a grown woman, Nastasya Filippovna has developed an incisive and merciless insight into their relationship.

This page was last edited on 16 Decemberat Myshkin is far from being the only character of interest, several characters spring to vivid, vibrant life whenever dstojevskij appear, especially the two ladies Myshkin has so much trouble with. He was nearly beginning to reproach himself for his laughter, but at once realised that he had nothing to reproach himself with, since he had an infinite pity for the general. But he is only beautiful because he is ridiculous at the same time.

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There are so many plots and subplots, boatloads of characters with incredibly long names, complex motivations, and dialogue that is sometimes interminable. He comes to police attention Edit Did You Know?

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