A Gentle Creature and Other Stories: White Nights; A Gentle by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Translation and notes by means of Alan Myers
Introduction through W. J. Leatherbarrow

In those tales, Dostoevsky explores either the determine of the dreamer divorced from truth, and in addition his personal ambiguous perspective towards utopianism, issues crucial to his nice novels. In White Nights, the plain idyll of the dreamer's romantic fantasies disguises profound loneliness and estrangement from "living life." a steady Creature and The Dream of a ludicrous guy express how withdrawal from truth can result in non secular desolation in addition to ethical indifference, and the way, in Dostoevsky's view, the tragedy of the alienated person can in basic terms be resolved by means of the rediscovery of a feeling of compassion and accountability towards different people.
No different variation brings jointly those particular stories--which are finest whilst learn along one another--and the recent translations seize all of the energy and lyricism of Dostoevsky's writing at its best.

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His words were done. Odysseus’ dear son delighted in the presage he had heard. He sat no longer but prepared to speak. He stood among the Ithacans. Peisénor, the herald, wise in counsel, set the scepter into his hands. And then Telémachus spoke words meant—chiefly—for Aegy´ptius: “Old man, as you yourself are soon to hear, the one who called this council is at hand. I am the man who wanted us to meet, the man who—more than any here—must grieve. I have no news of an invading fleet, no urgent warning I must now repeat to every Ithacan—nor would I speak of other public things.

Though he said this, his heart knew he had met the deathless goddess: she had been his guest. The suitors, charmed by dance, entranced by song, rejoicing, waited for the night to come. And then dark evening fell as they caroused, and each—to sleep—went back to his own house. Telémachus walked toward the fair courtyard: there stood the high-walled room, set well apart, where he would spend the night. But as he walked, not sleep but hope and worry filled his thoughts. Beside him, blazing torches in her hands to light his way, went careful Eurycleı ¯¯a, daughter of Ops, who was Peisénor’s son.

Odysseus’ dear son delighted in the presage he had heard. He sat no longer but prepared to speak. He stood among the Ithacans. Peisénor, the herald, wise in counsel, set the scepter into his hands. And then Telémachus spoke words meant—chiefly—for Aegy´ptius: “Old man, as you yourself are soon to hear, the one who called this council is at hand. I am the man who wanted us to meet, the man who—more than any here—must grieve. I have no news of an invading fleet, no urgent warning I must now repeat to every Ithacan—nor would I speak of other public things.

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