A Disgraceful Affair: Stories (Harper Perennial Classic by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The brief works of Dostoevsky exist within the very huge shadow of his magnificent longer novels, yet they too are between literature's such a lot respected works and supply keys to realizing the topics in his longer works. Contained during this quantity are the fast tales "White Nights," "A Disgraceful Affair," and "The Dream of the Ridiculous Man," 3 of Dostoevsky's such a lot troubling, relocating, and poignant works.

along A DISGRACEFUL AFFAIR, Harper Perennial will post the quick fiction of Stephen Crane, Herman Melville, Willa Cather, Leo Tolstoy, and Oscar Wilde to be packaged in a superbly designed, boldly colourful boxset within the target to draw modern enthusiasts of brief fiction to those respected masters of the shape. additionally, in every one of those decisions will seem a narrative from one of many new collections being released in 2009. a narrative from Barb Johnson's coming near near assortment should be published in the back of this volume.

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And for goodness’ sake don’t imagine I’ve exaggerated anything. Please, don’t imagine that, Nastenka, for there are moments when I’m plunged into such gloom, such a black gloom! Because at such moments I’m almost ready to believe that I shall never be able to start living in earnest; because the thought has already occurred to me often 36 \\ F YO D O R D O S T OY E V S K Y that I have lost all touch with life, all understanding of what is real and actual; because, finally, I have cursed myself; because already after my fantastic nights I have moments of returning sanity, moments which fill me with horror and dismay!

I was already regretting that I had gone too far, that I had been wasting my time in telling her what had been accumulating for so long a time in my heart, and about which I could speak as though I had it all written down— because I had long ago passed judgment on myself, and could not resist the temptation to read it out loud, though I admit I never expected to be understood. ” WHITE NIGHTS // 35 “No, you mustn’t do that,” she said, “that must not be, for if it were so, I too might spend all my life beside my granny.

I assure you that now you are the only one who could make me happy. Now, listen. I’m leaving for Moscow and I shall be away exactly one year. I hope to settle my affairs by that time. When I come back, and if you still love me, I swear to you that we shall be married. I can’t possibly marry you now. It is out of the question. And I have no right to make any promises to you. But I repeat that if I can’t marry you after one year, I shall certainly marry you sometime. ’ 48 \\ F YO D O R D O S T OY E V S K Y “That was what he told me, and the next day he left.

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