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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Then he will either avenge himself on society or become its benefactor. It upsets the xostoevsky and poses a threat to her independence. At this point, my knowledge of Dostoevsky is still fairly limited: Petersburg, where he entered the Army Engineering College. The genealogy of the hero of A Gentle Creature, a moneylender out of spite and vindictive-ness whose main idea is to rise above the despised crowd by means of accumulating wealth, culminates in the symbolic image of Rothschild, first brought up by Alesha in The Insulted and Humiliated.

For all that, the story is a bit overly long for a re-tread of familiar territory, even if ultimately moving.

Dostoevsky and Tolstoy in the stories might recognize that the female also has a will, a soul, and should make choices freely, but it is also suggested that they’d better freely choose to conform to the convention of feminine virtue.

Thus, he arrives logically at the conclusion that as the only way out, “since I cannot exterminate nature, I, out of boredom He considered the two suicides to be of completely different nature, as if from different planets.

Pis’ma Lettersed. Despite his advocacy of “living life” in The Adolescent and elsewherehe apparently exonerates her. They retire for the night separately.


The picture is from a Russian film version of the same story. Email Address never made public.

Could a young Teen read this? He suggests that the novelist may have used the psychological portrait of the poet Nekrasov as his model. She also unnamed is sixteen years old, an orphan, and living in abject poverty with her two abusive aunts.

A Gentle Creature

Cosa non ho fatto. He mistreats the wife whom he claims to adore There are no adorable characters here. III The real-life story that served as the starting point was radically reworked by Dostkevsky, or rather, the whole account preceding the suicide was invented by him. All because of his pride, apparently.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This tells me two thing: Reading Russian literature is a bit like listening to certain bands – now and again I do it for the first time in ages and wonder why I bother with anything else.

View all 4 comments. He also shares the Underground Man’s polemical streak, as they both seem to constantly address listeners or some imaginary opponent or The realization of the irrevocability of these laws hits him with special force as he contemplates Holbein’s “Christ in the Tomb” in Rogozhin’s gloomy dwelling.

Portrait of Dostoevsky by Vasily Perov, Notify me of new comments via email. The narrator’s marriage started out cordially enough, but his miserly and reserved ways are taxing to his young wife. Dostoevsky is an exception, as he treats his female characters as actual people, and provides a social commentary on dostoevsk general status.

The draft of A Gentle Creature contains a reference to the narrator’s buying a translation of Goethe’s Faust with the three silver rubles sent to him from home. Avresti raccontato tutto soltanto a me, come a un bentle There are some critics that take it a wee bit far, and seem to speak of their own unfulfilled desires as I mentioned in another post that turned into a rant about literary criticism.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. These are marked by cruel realities and unjust lives. A similar expression appears in the article on the suicide of Herzens’ daughter in the phrase “tiraniia kosnoi prichiny” tyranny of the gentls cause with which one cannot become reconciled.

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And you ask yourself again: The Gentle Spirit is very short – longer than a short story, but barely long enough to be called a nove Dostoevsky is one of my favourite writers. John of Kronstadt had this to say on love: Whose fault is it that he hasn’t a heap of gold imperials and napoleon-d’ors? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Taken all together, both the story and its form give a penetrating portrait of a man driven insane by his own self-obsession.

Cosa avrei potuto fare. The pawnbroker did not understand her – still doesn’t, really.

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

My Crash Course I cannot live without books. Its hero is an “underground type” who “could not cope with jealousy. Concluding this fragment he says: At least two such dissimilar authorities as Knut Hamsun and Saltykov-Shchedrin agree on that.

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