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The Idiot

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Carr, Edward H. Dostoevsky, 1821–1881: A New Biography. London: Allen and Unwin, 1949.

Coulson, Jessie. Dostoevsky, A Self-Portrait. London: Oxford University Press, 1962.

Dalton, Elizabeth. Unconscious Structure in The Idiot: A Study in Literature and Psychoanalysis. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1979.

Dostoevsky, Fyodor. The Notebooks for The Idiot. Chicago: Edward Wasiolek, 1967.

Grossman, Leonid. Dostoevsky. A Biography. Trans. Arnold Bennett. New York: Knopf, 1926.

Mochulsky, Konstantin. Dostoevsky: His Life and Work. Trans. Michael A. Minihan. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1967.

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Myshkin

by LittleLandmine, December 26, 2014

The young prince is supposed to symbolize the good. The image of "Christ", the kindness at his own expense. Though because of his epilepsy everyone takes advantage of his naiiveness, and he is looked at like an idiot. So I believe since Fyodor had epilepsy himself he was aware of the losing of knowledge, that can make one feel stupid, hence "the idiot." I know from having many seizures that over time they do affect our brain in various ways. I am not the only one to feel that way, but I never thought any book could incorporate that feeling a... Read more

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