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

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

4.05 (832 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , Introduction by  , Translated by 

List price: US$9.95

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

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 of 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 rediscovery of 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 155 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 10mm | 117.93g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192838288
  • 9780192838285
  • 1,211,855

Review quote

"World Classics' bringing together of "A Gentle Creature" with two other important stories enables Dostoevsky students to explore some themes that are increasingly important to our own time."--Nina Peliken Straus, Purchase College "World Classics' bringing together of "A Gentle Creature" with two other important stories enables Dostoevsky students to explore some themes that are increasingly important to our own time."--Nina Peliken Straus, Purchase College "World Classics' bringing together of "A Gentle Creature" with two other important stories enables Dostoevsky students to explore some themes that are increasingly important to our own time."--Nina Peliken Straus, Purchase College "World Classics' bringing together of "A Gentle Creature" with two other important stories enables Dostoevsky students to explore some themes that are increasingly important to our own time."--Nina Peliken Straus, Purchase Collegeshow more

Rating details

832 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 36% (298)
4 38% (320)
3 22% (182)
2 3% (24)
1 1% (8)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X