I am currently reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “The Idiot.” This a rich and complex novel giving us insights into Russian life before the revolution of 1917. The character of “the idiot” is not stupid or unrefined. Rather he is the last prince of his dynasty who as a youth had “fits” and “spells.” The reality is that the title figure is a gifted storyteller and a master calligrapher. This is a 1000 pages of engrossing literature. More later.