9780199555086

Gentle Creature and Other Stories : White Nights - A Gentle Creature - The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

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  • ISBN13:

    9780199555086

  • ISBN10:

    0199555087

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-07-26
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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Summary

In these stories, Dostoevsky explores both the figure of the dreamer divorced from reality, and also his own ambiguous attitude toward utopianism, themes central to his great novels. In White Nights, the apparent idyll of the dreamer's romantic fantasies disguises profound loneliness and estrangement from "living life." A Gentle Creature and The Dream of a Ridiculous Man show how withdrawal from reality can end in spiritual desolation as well as moral indifference, and how, in Dostoevsky's view, the tragedy of the alienated individual can only be resolved by the rediscovery of a sense of compassion and responsibility toward other people. No other edition brings together these specific stories--which are most interesting when read alongside one another--and the new translations capture all the power and lyricism of Dostoevsky's writing at its best.

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