The Idiot is a baffling, if brilliant, first novel. Totally Dublin [A] witty, smart and endlessly-entertaining coming-of-age story. National. The Idiot is an affectionate portrait of first love in all its bumbling haplessness, and a playful celebration of the power and limitations of language. Literary Review. Very funny indeed. Extortion, scandal and murder follow, testing Myshkin's moral feelings as Dostoevsky searches through the wreckage left by human misery to find 'man in man.' The Idiot is a quintessentially Russian novel, one that penetrates the complex psyche of the Russian people. The Idiot (9780553213522) by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance.