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The Idiot

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky' s masterful translation of The Idiot is destined to stand with their versions of Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and Demons as the definitive Dostoevsky in English. After his great portrayal of a guilty man in Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky 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.

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky' s masterful translation of The Idiot is destined to stand with their versions of Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and Demons as the definitive Dostoevsky in English. After his great portrayal of a guilty man in Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky 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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Genres:

Classics

Description:

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky' s masterful translation of The Idiot is destined to stand with their versions of Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, and Demons as the definitive Dostoevsky in English. After his great portrayal of a guilty man in Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jefferson Mays

Length:

27h 56m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

31:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

27:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

32:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

43:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

44:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

33:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

35:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

25:18


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:25


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:40


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

27:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

30:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

26:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

30:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

31:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

35:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

40:11


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

16:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

38:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

37:17


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

24:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

46:31


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

32:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

34:58


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

38:19


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

15:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

44:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

32:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

39:34


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

38:43


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

39:15


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

47:12


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

36:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

34:43


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

37:23


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

19:24


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

36:13


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

23:54


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

31:04


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

36:55


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

46:40


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

43:16


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

45:32


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

48:21


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

31:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

37:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

41:40


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

10:07


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:30