The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1869, novel


The title is an ironic reference to the central character of the novel, Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin, a young man whose goodness, open-hearted simplicity and guilelessness lead many of the more conditioned characters he encounters to mistakenly assume that he lacks intelligence and insight. In the character of Prince Myshkin, Dostoevsky set himself the task of depicting "the positively good and beautiful man."[1] The novel examines the consequences of placing such a singular individual at the centre of the conflicts, desires, passions and egoism of worldly society, both for the man himself and for those with whom he becomes involved.

The Idiot is a novel by the 19th-century Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. It was first published serially in the journal The Russian Messenger in 1868–69.
Originally published 1869
Characters Prinz Myschkin, Nastasya Filipovna, Parfyon Semyonovich Rogozhin, Ganya Ivolgin, Aglaya Yepanchina
Playwright Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Genre Novel
Original language Russian