In these stories, Dostoevsky explores both the figure of the dreamer White Nights; A Gentle Creature; The Dream of a Ridiculous Man. A Gentle Creature and Other Stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky My rating: 4 of 5 stars This little book, translated by Alan Myers, collects three of. This volume contains Dostoevsky’s short story “The Meek One: A Fantastic Story” aka “A Gentle Creature: A Fantastic Story”. It was translated by Ronald Mayer in.

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“A Gentle Creature” by Dostoevsky

From there, it develops into a brief romance between the narrator and a young woman that lasts all of four nights. Another aspect of the novella, emphasized by W.

Our narrator, we learn, has lived almost his entire life in his mind or in books, dwelling in fantasy as reality becomes more and more unbearable. While this is not exactly a new theme even for the middle nineteenth century think of Cervantesurban isolation and loneliness give it a new poignance, which has not lost its relevance. If they ever want to film the novella a twelfth time, they should update it so that the narrator is a video-game addict, or perhaps one of the famous hikikomori of Tokyo.

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I conclude with this passage, prophetic of D. Do you realize that on certain dates I enjoy recalling and visiting those places where I was once happy after my own fashion? I enjoy constructing my present in accord with things now irrevocably past and gone, and I often drift like a shadow, morose and sad, without need or purpose, through the streets and alleyways of Petersburg.

What memories there are! I recall, for instance, that it was exactly one year ago, here at this precise time, that I wandered along the same pavement as lonely and depressed as I am now. And you shake your head and say how quickly the years flew by!


Book Review: “A Gentle Spirit” by Fyodor Dostoevsky – Book Geeks Anonymous

And you ask yourself again: Where have you buried the best days of your life? Have you lived or not? Look, you tell yourself, look how cold the world is becoming. The years will pass and after them will come grim loneliness, and old age, quaking on its stick, and after them misery and despair. He is nostalgic, not for the past itself but for the fantasies he was able to harbor in the past, before the futility of his idealism became obvious to him, as well as the inevitability of his continued inaction; he is nostalgic not for anything accomplished or experienced, but simply for potential.

It would be one thing if accomplishment and experience alone remained elusive, but the true horror is that potential vanishes too, year by year. Considered from a strictly literary point of view, the story is notable for its narrative form, which D.

The psychology, though, is in service to a religious conception, an answer to the question of what prevents this man from saving his own soul, what causes him to destroy another soul. For all that, the story is a bit overly long for a re-tread of familiar territory, even if ultimately moving. I think it is slight as a story, but its conceit is a brilliant one. Here we have not a figurative dreamer but a literal one: But he falls asleep instead and dreams of an alien planet where human beings exist in a prelapsarian state, perfectly innocent, free and beautiful, without lies or oppression or violence.


Book Review: “A Gentle Spirit” by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The narrator has come from earth with his vices, however, and soon corrupts them by introducing dostoeevsky into social discourse. Soon enough, they fall from lies into exploitation, sensuality, theft, rape, murder, war, and all the rest. The story ends, however, with his resolution to find the little girl whose cries for help he had ignored—this, from D.

Visconti and his collaborators removed all characterization from the narrator, made his loneliness merely circumstantial he has just moved to townand moreover cast the handsome Marcello Mastroianni who played the role as a slightly bumbling but confident charmer —it is a pleasantly lyrical, if rather dull, film, but has little to do with Dostoevsky.

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