Uncle's Dream and Other Stories
'Uncle's dream' was the first story that Dostoyevsky completed after his five years of agony in exile in Siberia, and it reveals a profound transformation in his vision of the world. Gone is the contained, brooding, dream-prone atmosphere of his earlier stories; instead 'Uncle's Dream' is narrated with firm objectivity, combining satire, social reportage, puppet theatre and farce in its comic send-up of small-town manners and morals. Dostoyevsky's inspiration for The Meek Girl came from a newspaper report on the suicide of a seamstress who plunged from a garret window, holding a religious icon in her hands. According to the critic John Jones, it is 'one of the most powerful studies of despair in world literature, a banging on closed doors imagined with absolute fearlessness'. This volume also contains A Weak Heart and White Nights and an illuminating introductory essay on Dostoyevsky's short stories by the translator, David McDuff.
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