The Idiot (Part 01 and 02)

Fyodor DOSTOYEVSKY (1821 - 1881), translated by Eva M. MARTIN ( - )

The extraordinary child-adult Prince Myshkin, confined for several years in a Swiss sanatorium suffering from severe epilepsy, returns to Russia to claim his inheritance and to find a place in healthy human society. The teeming St Petersburg community he enters is far from receptive to an innocent like himself, despite some early successes and relentless pursuit by grotesque fortune-hunters. His naive gaucheries give rise to extreme reactions among his new acquaintance, ranging from anguished protectiveness to mockery and contempt. But even before reaching the city, during the memorable train journey that opens the novel, he has encountered the demonic Rogozhin, the son of a wealthy merchant who is in thrall to the equally doomed Natasha Filippovna: beautiful, capricious and destructively neurotic, she joins with the two weirdly contrasted men in a spiralling dance of death... (Summary by Martin Geeson)

Genre(s): Published 1800 -1900

Language: English

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Play 01 Part I, Chapter 1 Martin Geeson
00:29:39
Play 02 Part I, Chapter 2 Martin Geeson
00:28:46
Play 03 Part I, Chapter 3 Martin Geeson
00:35:32
Play 04 Part I, Chapter 4 Martin Geeson
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Play 05 Part I, Chapter 5 Martin Geeson
00:45:33
Play 06 Part I, Chapter 6 Martin Geeson
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Play 07 Part I, Chapter 7 Martin Geeson
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Play 08 Part I, Chapter 8 Martin Geeson
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Play 09 Part I, Chapter 9 Martin Geeson
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Play 10 Part I, Chapter 10 Martin Geeson
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Play 11 Part I, Chapter 11 Martin Geeson
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Play 12 Part I, Chapter 12 Martin Geeson
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Play 13 Part I, Chapter 13 Martin Geeson
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Play 14 Part I, Chapter 14 Martin Geeson
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Play 15 Part I, Chapter 15 Martin Geeson
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Play 16 Part I, Chapter 16 Martin Geeson
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Play 17 Part II, Chapter 1 Martin Geeson
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Play 18 Part II, Chapter 2 Martin Geeson
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Play 19 Part II, Chapter 3 Martin Geeson
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Play 20 Part II, Chapter 4 Martin Geeson
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Play 21 Part II, Chapter 5 Martin Geeson
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Play 22 Part II, Chapter 6 Martin Geeson
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Play 23 Part II, Chapter 7 Martin Geeson
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Play 24 Part II, Chapter 8 Martin Geeson
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Play 25 Part II, Chapter 9 Martin Geeson
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Play 26 Part II, Chapter 10 Martin Geeson
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Play 27 Part II, Chapter 11 Martin Geeson
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Play 28 Part II, Chapter 12 Martin Geeson
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