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The Idiot (Part 4) - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
We will be reading Dostoyevsky's iconic piece, "The Idiot," a reference to the central character of the novel, Prince (Knyaz) Lev Nikolaevich Myshkin, a young man whose goodness, open-hearted simplicity and guilelessness lead many of the more worldly 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." The novel examines the consequences of placing such a unique individual at the center of the conflicts, desires, passions and egoism of worldly society, both for the man himself and for those with whom he becomes involved. The result, according to philosopher A.C. Grayling, is "one of the most excoriating, compelling and remarkable books ever written; and without question one of the greatest."


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**All readings and discussions in English**

This is a group for anyone who wants to tackle the great works of Russian literature with a group of other readers. We'll begin with the origins of "modern" Russian lit in the 19th century and move through key works of Russian imperial, Soviet, and contemporary literature (as well as some lesser-known gems) by writers that include: Pushkin, Goncharov, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Babel, Bulgakov, and Nabokov. Those who can read the works in the original Russian are welcome to do so. No prior experience in the topic is necessary.

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