A Gentle Creature and Other Stories

Paperback | May 23, 2009

byFyodor Dostoevsky, W. J. LeatherbarrowTranslated byAlan Myers

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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.

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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'. De...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.3 inPublished:May 23, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199555087

ISBN - 13:9780199555086

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Table of Contents

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