Title: White Nights and Other Stories
Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: 2008 (1991)
Genre: Fiction / Classics
Source: Bought Copy
From the author of Crime and Punishment
comes this remarkable collection of short fiction. A selection of ten
compelling tales, steeped in Dostoyevsky's characteristic themes of
spiritual torment and psychological struggle, evoke life in Czarist
Russia. Featured stories include "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man,"
"Bobok," "An Honest Thief," "An Unpleasant Predicament," "Another Man's
Wife," "The Peasant Marey," "The Crocodile," "A Faint Heart," "A
Christmas Tree and a Wedding," and the title work. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
(1821 - 1881) created powerful depictions of the human condition that
led to significant developments in twentieth-century thought, including
psychoanalysis and existentialism. His influence resonates in the works
of latter-day authors such as Proust, Faulkner, Hemingway, and Kafka.
This collection of his short stories offers thought-provoking glimpses
into the Russian author's moving portrayals of the conflict between
flesh and spirit. (Goodreads Synopsis)
February has been a bit of a Dostoyevsky month for me. I started with the novellas The Eternal Husband and Poor Folk and enjoyed both; although, The Eternal Husband was my favourite. Now I have moved to the short stories with White Nights and Other Stories. This was a delightful collection. I found something to love in all the tales, but my favourite was definitely "The Crocodile". For anyone who likes Dostoyevsky's longer works, I highly recommend checking out the novellas and shorts. In these pieces you see wonderful character portrayals and excellent pacing, all within a short word count.