Questions tagged [the-idiot]

Questions about Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel 'The Idiot' (Идио́т, published 1868–69). Use this tag with the [fyodor-dostoyevsky] and [russian-literature] tags.

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Narrator in The Idiot

I'm struggling to understand the narrator in The Idiot. He seems like an omniscient narrator, talking of characters in third person. But, in Chapter I of Part One, while describing know-it-alls, the ...
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What was a “prince” in Dostoevsky's times, i.e. mid-late 19th century?

In Dostoevsky's The Idiot, the main character is Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin. Sometimes the word "prince" almost seems an honorary title, e.g. "Here you all are now," the prince began, "looking ...