Dostoevsky is best known for his great novels The Idiot, Crime & Punishment, Devils, and The Brothers Karamazov but he also wrote short stories. This collection features three stories, “A Gentle Creature,” “White Nights,” and “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man.” Dostoevsky explores the inner lives of shy people, dreamers, and intellectuals living in a brutal society. Loneliness and estrangement from community are Dostoevsky’s constant themes. This edition is a modern translation by Alan Myers with an Introduction and useful notes by W. J. Leatherbarrow. If you’re interested in Dostoevsky’s short fiction, this is a good place to start.
(This completes the February 2010 portion of my Short Story Reading Challenge. I will read and review one short story collection per month in 2010. To find out more about the Short Story Reading Challenge, be sure to click: “http://theshortstorychallenge.blogspot.com/”>Short Story Reading Challenge.