Alibi V.12 No.30 • July 24-30, 2003 

Art Article

The Idiot

Fyodor Dostoevsky
Vintage Classics
paper
$12.95

No, this isn't a new biography of our president. Trust me, this is much better: It's a sparkling translation of one of Dostoevsky's greatest novels. Translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky received widespread critical praise a couple years ago when they published this meticulous translation. Many critics claimed this version will probably turn out to be the definitive English translation of the novel. The Idiot, as you may already know, is Dostoevsky's masterful tale of the young Prince Myshkin, a man too innocent for his own good. Pevear and Volokhonsky's translation is said to capture the flavor and texture of the original Russian while maintaining an enticingly readable text. Russian literature lovers who are short on cash can now acquire this exquisite translation on the cheap in paperback.