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The Idiot

The Idiot

Novel by fyodor dostoyevsky

The Idiot, novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, published in Russian as Idiot in 1868–69. The narrative concerns the unsettling effect of the “primitive” Prince Myshkin on the sophisticated, conservative Yepanchin family and their friends. Myshkin visits the Yepanchins, and his odd manner and lack of concern for appearances quickly make him an object of fascination. His hosts, who are given to sensuality, acquisitiveness, and crime, test his moral compass. Myshkin maintains a guileless benevolence toward all, but, though his faith and radiant personality draw them to him, his message of service, compassion, and brotherly love finally fails.


September 1867
In September 1867, when Dostoevsky began work on what was to become The Idiot, he was living in Switzerland with his new wife Anna Grigoryevna, having left Russia in order to escape his creditors.

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THE IDIOT - Fyodor Dostoevsky


June 14, 2021

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