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In this literary classic, Fyodor Dostoevsky focuses on a nobleman whose gentle, childlike nature has earned him the nickname "the idiot," and presents a superb, panoramic view of mid-nineteenth-century Russian manners, morals, and philosophy.
Just two years after completing Crime and Punishment, which explored the mind of a murderer, Fyodor Dostoevsky produced another masterpiece: The Idiot. This time the author portrays a truly beautiful soul and one of Dostoevsky's greatest characters—Prince Muishkin, a saintly, Christ-like, yet deeply human figure.
The story begins when Muishkin arrives on Russian soil after a stay in a Swiss sanatorium. Scorned by St. Petersburg society as an idiot for his generosity and innocence, the prince finds himself at the center of a struggle between a rich, kept woman and a beautiful, virtuous girl, who both hope to win his affection. Unfortunately, Muishkin's very goodness seems to bring disaster to everyone he meets. The shocking denouement tragically reveals how, in a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, a sanatorium is the only place for a saint.
This version of The Idiot is the translation by Eva Martin.
Author Fyodor Dostoevsky
Narrated by Norman Dietz
Publication date Dec 31, 2010
Running time 26 hrs