International Literature Book Club: The Idiot

January 10th

McNally Jackson Virtual Event

Join the International Literature Book Club on Monday, January 10th, at 7pm to discuss The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Hosted by Yvonne Brooks.

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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The Idiot (Vintage Classics) Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear (Translated by), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780375702242
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Vintage - July 8th, 2003

The Idiot Cover Image
By Fyodor Dostoyevsky, David McDuff (Translated by), William Mills Todd (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780140447927
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Penguin Classics - August 31st, 2004