White Nights: A Gentle Creature ; The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Science - 132 pages
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In the stories in this volume Dostoevsky explores both the figure of the dreamer divorced from reality and also his own ambiguous attitude to utopianism, themes central to many of his great novels. In White Nights the apparent idyll of the dreamer's romantic fantasies disguises profound loneliness and estrangement from 'living life'. Despite his sentimental friendship with Nastenka, his final withdrawal into the world of the imagination anticipates the retreat into the 'underground' of manyof Dostoevsky's later intellectual heroes. A Gentle Creature and The Dream of a Ridiculous Man show how such withdrawal from reality can end in spiritual desolation and moral indifference and how, in Dostoevsky's view, the tragedy of the alienated individual can be resolved only by the rediscoveryof a sense of compassion and responsibility towards fellow human beings. This new translation captures the power and lyricism of Dostoevsky's writing, while the introduction examines the stories in relation to one another and to his novels.

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A story about lonely people meeting by chance, the incomprehensible nature of love, and how even a momentary purpose can transform a life from pointless to poignant. As frequently featured in ... Read full review

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A collection of short stories that, in my view, fall far short of Dostoevsky's better works. In general, I found the stories lacked any true substance, message or humor, and instead were simply short ... Read full review

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Alan Myers is a freelance translator. W. J. Leatherbrow is Reader in Russian at Sheffield University. The same team worked on Dostoevsky's The Idiot in World's Classics.

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