By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The fast works of Dostoevsky exist within the very huge shadow of his miraculous longer novels, yet they too are between literature's such a lot respected works and supply keys to figuring out the topics in his longer works. Contained during this quantity are the quick tales "White Nights," "A Disgraceful Affair," and "The Dream of the Ridiculous Man," 3 of Dostoevsky's so much troubling, relocating, and poignant works. along A DISGRACEFUL AFFAIR, Harper Perennial will put up 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 objective to draw modern lovers of brief fiction to those respected masters of the shape. additionally, in every one of those choices will look a narrative from one of many new collections being released in 2009. a narrative from Barb Johnson's drawing close assortment might be published behind this quantity.
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Then she became suddenly so sweet, so shy with me. She seemed to listen attentively to what I was saying to her; but when I asked her some question, she made no reply, grew confused, and turned her head away. I peered into her eyes. Why, of course! She was crying. “How can you? How can you? Oh, what a child you are! What childishness! ” She tried to smile, to compose herself, but her chin was still trembling, and her bosom still rising and falling. “I’m thinking of you,” she said to me after a minute’s silence.
I did my best to comfort her. I tried hard to think of some excuse for his failure to come. I argued. I reasoned with her. It was the easiest thing in the world to deceive her at that moment! Indeed, who would not be glad of any word of comfort at such a moment? Who would not be overjoyed at the faintest glimmer of an excuse? ” I began, feeling more and more carried away by my own enthusiasm and full of admiration for the extraordinary clarity of my own arguments. “He couldn’t possibly have come today.
And what a delusion it all is! Now, for instance, love pierces his heart with all its boundless rapture, with all its pains and agonies. Only look at him and you will be convinced. Can you, looking at him, Nastenka, believe that he really never knew her whom he loved so dearly in his frenzied WHITE NIGHTS // 33 dream? Can it be that he has only seen her in ravishing visions, and that his passion has been nothing but an illusion? Can it be that they have never really spent so many years of their lives together, hand in hand, alone, just the two of them renouncing the rest of the world, and each of them entirely preoccupied with their own world, their own life?
A Disgraceful Affair: Stories (Harper Perennial Classic Stories) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky