Title: The Idiot
Publication Date: 1869
Format: E-Book - EPUB
The story begins when Myshkin 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,
Myshkin’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
The Idiot is a wonderful story, featuring an endearing if hopeless hero and a vibrant cast of supporting characters. Characterisation is truly Dostoevsky's forte and he paints the people of this novel in extraordinary colours. I was caught up in the story from start to finish and was taken by surprise with the way it ended. I think Crime and Punishment is still my favourite, but The Idiot comes a close second.