The Idiot (1869) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A masterful, piercing, moving novel, where Dostoevsky explores humanity’s inner conflict between self-improvement and self-destruction, the many psychological complexities involved in forming and sustaining romantic relationships, and the clash between society’s religious and moral ideals and the actual society they exist in. For all the thematic brilliance of the novel – Dostoevsky uses the protagonist…