A Gentle Creature and Other Stories by Fyodor DostoevskyA Gentle Creature and Other Stories by Fyodor Dostoevsky

A Gentle Creature and Other Stories

byFyodor Dostoevsky, W. J. LeatherbarrowTranslated byAlan Myers

Paperback | May 23, 2009

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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 many ofDostoevsky'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 rediscovery of asense 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.
Alan Myers has translated a wide variety of contemporary Russian prose, including poems, essays and plays by Joseph Brodksy. His translations of Dostoevsky's The Idiot and A Gentle Creature and Other Stories are published in World's Classics.
Title:A Gentle Creature and Other StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.3 inPublished:May 23, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199555087

ISBN - 13:9780199555086


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book Great for someone who has never tried anything by Dostoevsky before. That was me, and after reading this, I now have a good idea of what I'm getting into with his longer books. This book contains 3 short stories - White Nights, A Gentle Creature, and The Dream of a Ridiculous Man. All of the stories are about the downfalls of dreamers who are trapped in their illusions and imaginary worlds as life passes them by. Very interesting from a psychological and philosophical viewpoint.
Date published: 2018-01-24

Table of Contents

IntroductionSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Fyodor DostoevskyWhite NightsA Gentle CreatureThe Dream of a Ridiculous ManExplanatory Notes