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#DailyBookQuote 7Mar13 : Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot

#DailyBookQuote : 7th March 2013

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Idiot

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821 – 1881)

Returning to Russia from a sanitarium in Switzerland, the Christ-like epileptic Prince Myshkin (The Idiot) finds himself enmeshed in a tangle of love, torn between two women—the notorious kept woman Nastasya and the pure Aglaia—both involved, in turn, with the corrupt, money-hungry Ganya. The 26 year old Prince is considered a misfit, an Idiot and scorned by the society of St. Petersburg for his trusting nature and naivety, he finds himself at the center of struggles for materialist pleasures by the people all around him. Unfortunately, Myshkin’s very goodness precipitates disaster, leaving the impression that, in a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, a sanatorium may be the only place for a saint

In the end, Myshkin’s honesty, goodness, and integrity are shown to be unequal to the moral emptiness of those around him.

 

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