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R3Arts: Night Waves - Dostoevsky's 'The Idiot' 12 Sep 12

September 13th, 2012

Episode 192 of 1201 episodes

Dostoevsky's 'The Idiot' (1869) raises 'the good life' as an existential question that everybody must answer for themselves. The novel has been read as both an over-the-top melodrama, and as a profound exploration of the ambiguity of goodness. Matthew Sweet is joined by the theologian Giles Fraser, Russian specialist Sarah Young and the novelist Zinovy Zinik to discuss.