The book Idiot Max concerns the genious Maximilian von Cyrany Bolleshaus, who
began, at the age of four, to realize that through a concerted pretense at
mental underdevelopment he would not have to go to school, or later to work, and
could also avoid military service for the sovereign. In the guise of an
uncomprehending idiot of an influential family he is in a perfect position to
overhear a lot of important information which he exploits to his amusement.
Secretly studying his surroundings, nobody suspects his extraordinary
scholarship, however a congenital weakness for women becomes his fateful