Monday 22 February 2016

Book Review: White Nights and Other Stories by Dostoevsky

Title: White Nights and Other Stories
Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: 2008 (1991
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Genre: Fiction / Classics
Source: Bought Copy

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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 StoriesThis 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.

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