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Classics Book Discussion Group: Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Idiot
September 23, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 amFree
The Idiot is considered one of Dostoevsky’s greatest works, although not as popular as Crime and Punishment or the Brothers Karamazov. It is said to be his most autobiographical work –Dostoevsky, like his hero, was an epileptic. The book was written in 1867-69 while he was abroad after fleeing from his creditors in Russia.
The title is an ironic reference to the hero, Prince Myshkin, whose goodness and simplicity lead some people to think he is stupid. Myshkin is sort of a Russian Christ figure, who embodies the values Dostoevsky cherished — altruism, meekness, kindness and love.
Kari at Yankee Bookshop is ordering copies of the well-regarded paperback 2003 translation by Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky. You can call and reserve a copy. Kari offers us a 15 percent discount.