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White Nights (1848)

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946My God! A whole minute of bliss! Is that really so little for the whole of a man's life?
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Frivolous and artificial, Fyodor Dostoevsky's White Nights has none of the depth and lucidity we would expect from this author. The short story follows an excitable young man who falls in love with a woman he passes on the street – and it's a cringey, melodramatic love at that. He unloads all his neuroses on this woman and she responds in kind, until she decides to friend-zone him to return to a former lover.

That's it, and there's nothing to sink your teeth into. No deeper merit or theme, nor – considering the melodramatic and artificial nature of the story – any lasting literary pleasantness. The other story included, 'Bobok', is similarly delirious, only more incomprehensible. We're a long way from The Brothers Karamazov here. Readers who want a good, short dose of Dostoevsky would be better served by the far superior The Meek One, also published in Penguin's Little Black Classics series, which contains everything you would have hoped to find here. ( )
  MikeFutcher | Oct 10, 2023 |
This volume contains the following:
'White Nights'
'Notes from the Underground'
'A Faint Heart'
'A Christmas Tree and a Wedding'
'Polzunkov'
'A Little Hero'
'Mr. Prohartchin'

I found Notes from the Underground the most difficult and least interesting of these stories. White Nights, A Faint Heart, and A Little Hero were charming and the others were good. Overall I would recommend this as an introduction to Dostoyevsky. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
This is a bundle of three stories so I’ll just review each of them seperately. So it starts with ‘a nasty business’ which I actually really enjoyed. It was pretty funny yet also showed how the aristocracy couldn’t really blend in with the normal people. He thought that he was gracing them with hus presence but he just made the poor groom get into debt with his mil and robbed the couple of their first night together. So a bit hypocritical I’d say. For ‘the meek one’ I first of all have to say that my opinion on this story was a but influenced by the age gap between the two. Although it was definitely normalised back then, it just doesn’t feel very comfortable to me, just the way that he talks about her. Besides that, I think it does a pretty good job at showing how someone’s grieving process can be (I’m not a psychologist so I don’t know if this is entirely accurate though). You see that he can’t really accept and process it through the entire story. He also goes through fases of blaming himself, blaming her and simply not understanding what happened. It was also a rather quick read. Now for ‘white nights’, I enjoyed this story a lot, it was really fun to read and it showed the naivety of people. He genuinely thought that she would go with him after three days, but she was just heartbroken and needed someone to tell her story to. The main character was also very lonely so I think that’s why he took every opportunity to have someone to love and to love him. The fact that she leaves him in the end is neither a surprise nor something I expected. It felt like a reality, something that would probably actually happen if that situation were to present itself. ( )
  Liesl. | Apr 14, 2023 |
non so nemmeno che cosa ho letto... dialoghi assurdi, personaggi in disperato bisogno di una psicoterapia.
  HelloB | Apr 11, 2023 |
9788498156942
  archivomorero | Jun 27, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Dostoevsky, Fyodorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berg, Arja van denIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leerink, HansTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mastrociccio, ElsaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tafel, JaroslavTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Была чудная ночь, такая ночь, которая разве только и может быть тогда, когда мы молоды, любезный читатель.
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