The Idiot

  • Author Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Narrator Simon Vance
  • Run Time 22 hours and 30 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Classic fiction.

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What to expect

In The Idiot, a saintly man, Prince Myshkin, is thrust into the heart of a society more concerned with wealth, power, and sexual conquest than the ideals of Christianity. Myshkin soon finds himself at the center of a violent love triangle in which a notorious woman and a beautiful young girl become rivals for his affections. Extortion, scandal, and murder follow, testing the wreckage left by human misery to find “man in man.”

The Idiot is a quintessentially Russian novel, one that penetrates the complex psyche of the Russian people. “They call me a psychologist,” wrote Dostoevsky. “That is not true. I’m only a realist in the higher sense; that is, I portray all the depths of the human soul.”

Critics Review

  • “My intention is to portray a really beautiful soul.”

  • “Nothing is outside Dostoevsky’s province…Out of Shakespeare there is no more exciting reading.”

    Virginia Woolf
  • “I think The Idiot to be a masterpiece…a fact of world literature just as important as the densely dramatic Brothers Karamazov or the brilliantly subtle and terrifying Devils.”

    A.S. Byatt
  • “Rivals any modern soap opera for complexity.”

    Vancover Sun

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