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In Dostoevsky's The Idiot, Prince Myshkin is a mentally unstable young man, and one of the last of his royal bloodline. Suffering from epilepsy and unexplained spells of insanity, he is an outsider, lonely and unable to fit into his society. Returning to St. Petersburg from medical treatments, he meets a passionate young fellow who tells Myshkin of the beautiful and charming woman with whom he is in love. Myshkin finds himself falling for the woman through the magic of his friend's stories. A jealous and bitter rivalry arises between the two young men, and tragedy prevails over the consequences of their fierce passions.
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From the background of a difficult childhood and a lifelong compassion for the suffering of those around him, Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) came to write novels that delve into the mysteries of the psyche. Throughout his works, which include The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and Notes From the Underground, whether writing of men or women, rich or poor, benevolent or criminal, Dostoevsky seeks to explore and question the desires, fears, and hopes that characterize the human experience.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
Towards the end of November, during a thaw, at nine o'clock one morning, a train on the Warsaw and Petersburg railway was approaching the latter city at full speed. The morning was so damp and misty that it was only with great difficulty that the day succeeded in breaking; and it was impossible ...
Reviewed by cuiblemorgan on Jul 7, 2011
Russian Literature Romp
Enjoying my romp through Russian literature having read Crime and Punishment prior to this and next is Demons, reading along with Dennis Abrams and the Project D Blog. Managed to keep up with the reading, although didn't do well at posting my share of comments. Demons looks long but very promising.
Reviewed by ODYSSEYA on Mar 28, 2009
One of Dostoyevsky's Best
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