The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Translated by Eva ronaldweinland.info is one of the most influential works by Dostoyevsky. The story revolves around Prince Lev Nikol. The Idiot. One of them was a young fellow of about twenty-seven, not tall, with black curling hair, and small, grey, fiery eyes. His nose was broad and flat, and he. LibriVox recording of The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Part 01 and 02)Read by Martin Geeson The extraordinary child-adult Prince Myshkin.
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Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. No cover available. Download; Bibrec. DOSTOJEVSKIJ IDIOT PDF - A superb new translation of The Idiot reveals some unexpected facets of Dostoevsky's hero, AS Byatt finds. The The Idiot. DOSTOJEVSKIJ IDIOT AS PDF - Upon Prince Myshkin's return to St. Petersburg from an asylum in Switzerland, he becomes beguiled by the lovely young.
Reviewer: aposiopesis - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 6, Subject: dahszil - your prayer is answered. A splendid reader, Jan Moorehouse, has completed the reading of Dostoyevsky's 'Idiot'. I'm sure you will approve of her narration and will want to congratulate her. Reviewer: dahszil - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, Subject: Very disappointed that Martin Geeson is not reading pts. At the very least 3 and 4 should have been done by a collaboration of readers. I took a listen to one or two of the incomplete 3 and 4.
They were evicted from their lodgings five times for non-payment of rent, and by the time the novel was finished in January they had moved between four different cities in Switzerland and Italy. However meets two men that will be friends or enemies in the futureinside his train compartment. While published inThe Idiot is essentially timeless and remains one of the best novels of all time.
A man who is free of deception, lies, concoction, and brutally honest. Dodtojevskij by passion but capable of sincere feeling and fidelity, he is a true lover, yet driven to madness and criminal behaviour. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Retrieved 7 February He tries to approach the subject of Nastasya Filippovna again, but she dostojeevskij him and hurriedly leaves.
They discuss mechanics and perspectives and symbols. He goes after her but Nastasya Filippovna stops him desperately and then faints. Even though everyone more or less recognizes the good nature in him, everyone is unable to understand him and eventually see him as an enemy.
Remembering it will be his birthday tomorrow, he persuades Rogozhin to join him for some wine.
They find that a large party has assembled at his home and that the champagne is already flowing. The guests greet the Prince warmly and compete for his attention. Stimulated by Lebedyev's eloquence, everyone engages for some time in intelligent and inebriated disputation on lofty subjects, but the good-humoured atmosphere begins to dissipate when Ippolit suddenly produces a large envelope and announces that it contains an essay he has written which he now intends to read to them.
The essay is a painfully detailed description of the events and thoughts leading him to what he calls his 'final conviction': that suicide is the only possible way to affirm his will in the face of nature's invincible laws, and that consequently he will be shooting himself at sunrise. The reading drags on for over an hour and by its end the sun has risen. Most of his audience, however, are bored and resentful, apparently not at all concerned that he is about to shoot himself.
Only Vera, Kolya, Burdovsky and Keller seek to restrain him. He distracts them by pretending to abandon the plan, then suddenly pulls out a small pistol, puts it to his temple and pulls the trigger. There is a click but no shot: Ippolit faints but is not killed. It turns out that he had taken out the cap earlier and forgotten to put it back in. Ippolit is devastated and tries desperately to convince everyone that it was an accident. Eventually he falls asleep and the party disperses.
The Prince wanders for some time in the park before falling asleep at the green seat appointed by Aglaya as their meeting place. Her laughter wakes him from an unhappy dream about Nastasya Filippovna. They talk for a long time about the letters Aglaya has received, in which Nastasya Filippovna writes that she herself is in love with Aglaya and passionately beseeches her to marry Myshkin.
Aglaya interprets this as evidence that Nastasya Filippovna is in love with him herself, and demands that Myshkin explain his feelings toward her. Myshkin replies that Nastasya Filippovna is insane, that he only feels profound compassion and is not in love with her, but admits that he has come to Pavlovsk for her sake. Aglaya becomes angry, demands that he throw the letters back in her face, and storms off. Myshkin reads the letters with dread, and later that day Nastasya Filippovna herself appears to him, asking desperately if he is happy, and telling him she is going away and will not write any more letters.
Rogozhin escorts her. Part 4[ edit ] It is clear to Lizaveta Prokofyevna and General Epanchin that their daughter is in love with the Prince, but Aglaya denies this and angrily dismisses talk of marriage. She continues to mock and reproach him, often in front of others, and lets slip that, as far as she is concerned, the problem of Nastasya Filippovna is yet to be resolved.
Myshkin himself merely experiences an uncomplicated joy in her presence and is mortified when she appears to be angry with him. Lizaveta Prokofyevna feels it is time to introduce the Prince to their aristocratic circle and a dinner party is arranged for this purpose, to be attended by a number of eminent persons. Aglaya, who does not share her parents' respect for these people and is afraid that Myshkin's eccentricity will not meet with their approval, tries to tell him how to behave, but ends by sarcastically telling him to be as eccentric as he likes, and to be sure to wave his arms about when he is pontificating on some high-minded subject and break her mother's priceless Chinese vase.
Feeling her anxiety, Myshkin too becomes extremely anxious, but he tells her that it is nothing compared to the joy he feels in her company.
He tries to approach the subject of Nastasya Filippovna again, but she silences him and hurriedly leaves. For a while the dinner party proceeds smoothly. Inexperienced in the ways of the aristocracy, Myshkin is deeply impressed by the elegance and good humour of the company, unsuspicious of its superficiality. It turns out that one of those present—Ivan Petrovich—is a relative of his beloved benefactor Pavlishchev, and the Prince becomes extraordinarily enthusiastic.
But when Ivan Petrovich mentions that Pavlishchev ended by giving up everything and going over to the Roman Church, Myshkin is horrified. He launches unexpectedly into a tirade against Catholicism, claiming that it preaches the Antichrist and in its quest for political supremacy has given birth to Atheism. Everyone present is shocked and several attempts are made to stop or divert him, but he only becomes more animated.
At the height of his fervor he begins waving his arms about and knocks over the priceless Chinese vase, smashing it to pieces.
As Myshkin emerges from his profound astonishment, the general horror turns to amusement and concern for his health. But it is only temporary, and he soon begins another spontaneous discourse, this time on the subject of the aristocracy in Russia, once again becoming oblivious to all attempts to quell his ardour. The speech is only brought to an end by the onset of an epileptic seizure: Aglaya, deeply distressed, catches him in her arms as he falls.
He is taken home, having left a decidedly negative impression on the guests. The next day Ippolit visits the Prince to inform him that he and others such as Lebedyev and Ganya have been intriguing against him, and have been unsettling Aglaya with talk of Nastasya Filippovna. Ippolit has arranged, at Aglaya's request and with Rogozhin's help, a meeting between the two women. That evening Aglaya, having left her home in secret, calls for the Prince.
They proceed in silence to the appointed meeting place, where both Nastasya Filippovna and Rogozhin are already present. It soon becomes apparent that Aglaya has not come there to discuss anything, but to chastise and humiliate Nastasya Filippovna, and a bitter exchange of accusations and insults ensues. Nastasya Filippovna orders Rogozhin to leave and hysterically demands of Myshkin that he stay with her.
Myshkin, once again torn by her suffering, is unable to deny her and reproaches Aglaya for her attack. Aglaya looks at him with pain and hatred, and runs off. He goes after her but Nastasya Filippovna stops him desperately and then faints.
Myshkin stays with her. In accordance with Nastasya Filippovna's wish, she and the Prince become engaged. Public opinion is highly critical of Myshkin's actions toward Aglaya, and the Epanchins break off all relations with him. He tries to explain to Yevgeny Pavlovich that Nastasya Filippovna is a broken soul, that he must stay with her or she will probably die, and that Aglaya will understand if he is only allowed to talk to her.
Yevgeny Pavlovich refuses to facilitate any contact between them and suspects that Myshkin himself is mad. On the day of the wedding, a beautifully attired Nastasya Filippovna is met by Keller and Burdovsky, who are to escort her to the church where Myshkin is waiting. A large crowd has gathered, among whom is Rogozhin. Seeing him, Nastasya Filippovna rushes to him and tells him hysterically to take her away, which Rogozhin loses no time in doing.
The Prince, though shaken, is not particularly surprised at this development. For the remainder of the day he calmly fulfills his social obligations to guests and members of the public. The following morning he takes the first train to Petersburg and goes to Rogozhin's house, but he is told by servants that there is no one there. After several hours of fruitless searching, he returns to the hotel he was staying at when he last encountered Rogozhin in Petersburg.
Rogozhin appears and asks him to come back to the house. They enter the house in secret and Rogozhin leads him to the dead body of Nastasya Filippovna: he has stabbed her through the heart. The two men keep vigil over the body, which Rogozhin has laid out in his study.
Rogozhin is sentenced to fifteen years hard labor in Siberia. Myshkin goes mad and, through the efforts of Yevgeny Pavlovich, returns to the sanatorium in Switzerland.
The Epanchins go abroad and Aglaya elopes with a wealthy, exiled Polish count who later is discovered to be neither wealthy, nor a count, nor an exile—at least, not a political exile—and who, along with a Catholic priest, has turned her against her family.
Major characters[ edit ] Prince Myshkin , the novel's central character, is a young man who has returned to Russia after a long period abroad where he was receiving treatment for epilepsy.
The lingering effects of the illness, combined with his innocence and lack of social experience, sometimes create the superficial and completely false impression of mental or psychological deficiency. Most of the other characters at one time or another refer to him disparagingly as an 'idiot', but nearly all of them are deeply affected by him.
In truth he is highly intelligent, self-aware, intuitive and empathic. He is someone who has thought deeply about human nature, morality and spirituality, and is capable of expressing those thoughts with great clarity. Nastasya Filippovna , the main female protagonist, is darkly beautiful, intelligent, fierce and mocking, an intimidating figure to most of the other characters.
Of noble birth but orphaned at age 7, she was manipulated into a position of sexual servitude by her guardian, the voluptuary Totsky. Her broken innocence and the social perception of disgrace produce an intensely emotional and destructive personality. The Prince is deeply moved by her beauty and her suffering, and despite feeling that she is insane, remains devoted to her.
She is torn between Myshkin's compassion and Rogozhin's obsession with her. He instinctively likes and trusts the Prince when they first meet, but later develops a hatred for him out of jealousy.
The character represents passionate, instinctive love, as opposed to Myshkin's Christian love based in compassion. She is proud, commanding and impatient, but also full of arch humour, laughter and innocence, and the Prince is particularly drawn to her after the darkness of his time with Nastasya Filippovna and Rogozhin.
Still full of youthful idealism, he craves love and recognition from others, but their indifference and his own morbid self-obsession lead him to increasing extremes of cynicism and defiance. The character is a 'quasi-double' for Myshkin: their circumstances force them to address the same metaphysical questions, but their responses are diametrically opposed.
He also tries to compete with Myshkin for Aglaya's affections. A mediocrity who imagines himself original, Ganya represents love from vanity, and is contrasted with Myshkin and Rogozhin. He uses this to ingratiate himself with superiors, and to pursue various schemes and intrigues.
His unpleasant tendencies are offset to some extent by a mischievous sense of humour, a sharp intellect, and occasional bouts of abject self-condemnation and compassion for others. Though child-like in the spontaneity of her emotions, she is strong-willed and imperious, particularly about matters of honour and morality. Myshkin considers her and Aglaya to be very alike.
Prince Shch. His rumoured interest in Aglaya leads Nastasya Filippovna who wants to bring Aglaya and the Prince together to publicly expose some unsavoury aspects of his background. Despite this, he and the Prince become friends and have a mutual respect for each other's intelligence. He is the former guardian of Nastasya Filippovna.
He is a friend of Ippolit's, and also becomes a friend and confidant of the Prince. He begins by aggressively demanding money from the Prince, but later becomes an admirer.
He later develops a great admiration for the Prince and seeks to defend him. Doktorenko — Lebedyev's nephew, a nihilist who, along with Ippolit, leads Burdovsky's attack on the Prince.
Themes[ edit ] Atheism and Christianity in Russia[ edit ] A dialogue between the intimately related themes of Atheism and Christian faith meaning, for Dostoevsky, Russian Orthodoxy pervades the entire novel. Dostoevsky's personal image of Christian faith, formed prior to his philosophical engagement with Orthodoxy but never abandoned, was one that emphasized the human need for belief in the immortality of the soul, and identified Christ with ideals of "beauty, truth, brotherhood and Russia".
However, Myshkin's Christianity is not a doctrine or a set of beliefs, it is something that he lives spontaneously in his relations with all others. Whenever he appears "hierarchical barriers between people suddenly become penetrable, an inner contact is formed between them His personality possesses the peculiar capacity to relativize everything that disunifies people and imparts a false seriousness to life.
Kazikazahn Lyubeznov Grigoriy Shpigel Rest of cast listed alphabetically: On his return to Moscow he finds himself a stranger in a society obsessed with wealth and become involved in a love triangle. To cut short this review, I found this to be a deeply flawed book, one udiot obviously needed several more drafts before it could be really compelling.
Lizaveta Prokofyevna feels it is time to introduce the Prince to their aristocratic circle and a dinner party is arranged for this purpose, to be attended by a number of eminent persons. For much of his adult life Dostoevsky suffered from an unusual and at times extremely debilitating form of temporal lobe epilepsy. About loving out of pity. Audible Download Audio Books. Prince of fools Even the make-up people seem to have assisted in creating the uniform artistic effect, as all dostonevskij characters seem appear sunken-eyed and almost maddened.
To enliven the party, Ferdyshchenko suggests a game where everyone must recount the story of the worst thing they have ever done. Young Siberian writer Volodya meets Kolya in the Moscow metro in his visit to a famous author. I have an infinite pity for you, Sir! Myshkin is perturbed by the information, but he remains in an inexplicably happy frame dostoevskij mind and speaks with forgiveness and brotherly affection to Rogozhin.
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