The Idiot (Penguin Designer Classics)

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9780713999655: The Idiot (Penguin Designer Classics)

This is one of 1000 limited-edition copies of "The Idiot" published to mark the sixtieth anniversary of Penguin Classics, with a special jacket created by one of the most influential designers of our time, Ron Arad. Inspired by an image of Christ's suffering, Dostoyevsky set out to create a protagonist with "a truly beautiful soul" and to trace the fate of such an individual as he comes into contact with the brutal reality of contemporary society. The novel begins when the innocent epileptic Prince Myshkin - the 'idiot' - arrives in St Petersburg and finds himself drawn into a web of violent and passionate relationships that leads to blackmail, betrayal and eventually murder.

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Moscow-born Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) served time in a convict prison for his political alliances, and in his later years his passion for gambling led him deeply into debt. His novels include The Devils and The Brothers Karamazov.

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“A book that manages like no other to plunge fearlessly into suffering while at the same time illuminating the enduring, almost unspeakable beauty of the human.” —Laurie Sheck, The Atlantic
 
“One of the most excoriating, compelling, and remarkable books ever written: and without question one of the greatest.” —A. C. Grayling
 
“A masterpiece . . . a fact of world literature just as important as the densely dramatic Brothers Karamazov or the brilliantly subtle and terrifying Devils. . . . [an] excellent new translation.” The Guardian
 
“McDuff's language is rich and alive.” The New York Times Book Review

“[The Idiot's] narrative is so compelling.” —Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

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Book Description Penguin Classics Hardcover, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. An excellent UK first edition/ first print, limited to 1000 copies, edition of the Penguin Designer Classic ,The Idiot. This copy is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap and comes with the original white box and is number 764. This edition was designed by industrial designer Ron Arad and the slipcase serves as the dust wrapper, so the first page can be immediately read. It is stripped back to show the glue and thread in the spine, which is visible through an acrylic slipcase (with a lid) with a fresnel lens, so the text appears to move as the lid is removed. Arad explains: "By not wanting to have a cover, it ended with the book becoming an amazing object that is alive, but which maintains its transparency. It became a glorious box with a book inside¿almost like a monument." Please see photos - I am happy to supply more if needed. Please note all of my books are securely wrapped and shipped with care in protective packaging within 2 working days. As this is a heavy item, there may be an extra postage charge. Bookseller Inventory # 000375

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Book Description London, England: Penguin/Penguin Designer Classics, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. 1st Printing. Signed. 704 pages. Published in 2006. Artist Book. One of the most beautiful Artist Book interpretations of the classic ever created. Limited Edition of one numbered and signed copy. Should not be confused with the Limited Edition of 1000 copies. A brilliant production by Ron Arad: Oversize-volume format. Text by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Art by Ron Arad. White cardboard box. Printed on archival acid-free stock paper in the United Kingdom to absolutely the highest standards. In transparent Plexiglas ("Perspex") box, which serves as the book's DJ. Rather than just an outer slipcase, it is completely integral to the book. Published on the occasion of Penguin Book's 60th Anniversary, "The Idiot" is one of five classics that the publisher issued in a Limited Edition by commissioning five of the world's most important artists in their respective fields. The other titles are Gustave Flaubert's "Madame Bovary", D. H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover", F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender Is The Night: A Romance", and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "Crime And Punishment" (he is the only novelist to be honored with two masterpieces in the Series). Penguin held a global auction of the "Number 1" signed copy of each title on the day of its 60th Anniversary in 2006. "Arad's book has no cover so the reader will pick it up and read the author's first words. It is stripped back to show the glue and thread in the spine which is visible through an acrylic slipcase with a fresnel lens so the text appears to move as the lid is removed" (Publisher's blurb). "By not wanting to have a cover, it ended with the book becoming an amazing object that is alive, but which maintains its transparency. It becomes a glorious box with a book inside, almost like a monument" (Ron Arad). Said like a true architect who has worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, the Vitra Design Museum Germany, and the Victoria & Albert Museum London. The ultimate book-as-object, the literary classic-as-work-of-art, worthy of this auspicious celebration and posterity. An absolute "must-have" edition for Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Ron Arad, and art/graphic design collectors. This copy is Number 1, indicated as such on the Back Limitation Page, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the first page by Ron Arad. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. By special arrangement with Penguin, Arad signed only the first copy of the Limited Edition, an instant collectible. This is the only signed copy available anywhere and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare, one-of-a-kind signed copy thus. One of the greatest novels of all time, re-interpreted by one of the most brilliant architect/designers of our time. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER PENGUIN DESIGNER CLASSIC TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0713999659. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 11378

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