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The Idiot

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
By: (1821-1881)

The extraordinary child-adult Prince Myshkin, confined for several years in a Swiss sanatorium suffering from severe epilepsy, returns to Russia to claim his inheritance and to find a place in healthy human society.
The teeming St Petersburg community he enters is far from receptive to an innocent like himself, despite some early successes and relentless pursuit by grotesque fortune-hunters. His naive gaucheries give rise to extreme reactions among his new acquaintance, ranging from anguished protectiveness to mockery and contempt.
But even before reaching the city, during the memorable train journey that opens the novel, he has encountered the demonic Rogozhin, the son of a wealthy merchant – who is in thrall to the equally doomed Nastasia Filippovna: beautiful, capricious and destructively neurotic, she joins with the two weirdly contrasted men in a spiralling dance of death…

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THE IDIOT

By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Translated by Eva Martin

PART I

I.

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 to distinguish anything more than a few yards away from the carriage windows.

Some of the passengers by this particular train were returning from abroad; but the third class carriages were the best filled, chiefly with insignificant persons of various occupations and degrees, picked up at the different stations nearer town. All of them seemed weary, and most of them had sleepy eyes and a shivering expression, while their complexions generally appeared to have taken on the colour of the fog outside.

When day dawned, two passengers in one of the third class carriages found themselves opposite each other. Both were young fellows, both were rather poorly dressed, both had remarkable faces, and both were evidently anxious to start a conversation... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 6 reviews)

Reviewer: - November 5, 2014
Subject: The narrater
The best voice I've heard for a long time!
Reviewer: - July 10, 2014
Subject: The idiot
Well read.
January 21, 2014
Excellent naration. Thank you! Looking forward to parts 3 and 4.
Reviewer: - October 6, 2013
Subject: The Idiot
Excellent book and excellent narration.
Reviewer: - August 8, 2013
Subject: The Idiot
Excellent reading!!! Can't wait for Parts 3 and 4..
July 26, 2013
Subject: The Idiot
What a good book and so well read. Looking forward to parts 3 and 4.


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