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A Gentle Creature and Other Stories

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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 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.


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April 2009 : UK Paperback

Title: A Gentle Creature and Other Stories White Nights; A Gentle Creature; The Dream of a Ridiculous Man (Oxford World's Classics)
Author(s): Fyodor Dostoevsky
ISBN: 0-19-955508-7 / 978-0-19-955508-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: OUP Oxford
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January 1999 : UK Paperback

Title: White Nights, A Gentle Creature, Dream of a Ridiculous Man
Author(s): Fyodor Dostoevsky
ISBN: 0-19-283828-8 / 978-0-19-283828-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
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