The other day I was reflecting that the world has great literature and that it’s a great pity that I will probably never really get to read even a small fraction of it. I have not read Tolstoy’s “War and Peace“, for example. Those Russians, I tell you, were great authors. Take Dostoyevsky.
I hope that I will get around to reading “The Brothers Karamazov” —
. . . the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Dostoyevsky spent nearly two years writing The Brothers Karamazov, which was published as a serial in The Russian Messenger and completed in November 1880. Dostoyevsky intended it to be the first part in an epic story titled The Life of a Great Sinner, but he died less than four months after its publication. [wiki]
As I have time to read at most one book from each of the greatest masters, I will have to give Dostoyevsky’s “The Idiot” a miss. Pity.
7 thoughts on “Have you read Dostoyevsky’s “The Idiot”?”
I thought there was more about the picture above..then I looked again at the title of the post!
If I may be so bold I will suggest Crime and Punishment. The Brothers Karamazov is much more explicitly spiritual.
i suggest ‘Crime and punishment’
Yet to read anything from Dostoyevsky. Right now I am busy with Dawkins “The Greatest Show on Earth” Evolutionary biology has caught my fancy for now so I have’nt read any literature for the past many months. Hope to do so soon.
Atanu, since we are talking about books, if you are interested in sci-fi I will recommend Heinlein (I am only assuming you haven’t read because I can’t find any mention of him). Some quotes (Hopefully I am not spamming)
Yes, I have read Heinlein. Those quotes are among my favorites on democracy.
Just BTW, I wasn’t really looking for an opinion on Dostoyevsky’s “The Idiot.” I merely used it as a front for the picture.
Big mistake, my friend! I would much rather go for “The Idiot” over “The Brothers Karamazov”. If you HAD to read only one, that is. More importantly, it would only take you half the time.
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