Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- The Double (1846)
- Poor Folk / Poor People (1846)
- The Landlady (1847)
- White Nights (1848)
- Uncle’s Dream (1859)
- The Insulted and Injured / Humiliated and Insulted (1861)
- The House of the Dead / Notes from a Dead House (1862)
- Notes from the Underground (1864)
- Crime and Punishment (1866)
- The Gambler (1866)
- The Idiot (1869)
- The Eternal Husband (1870)
- Demons / The Devils / The Possessed (1872)
- The Adolescent (1875)
- The Dream of a Ridiculous Man (1877)
- The Brothers Karamazov (1879)
Short Story Collections In Publication Order
- Poor Folk and Other Stories (1845)
- An Honest Thief and Other Stories (1848)
- A Gentle Creature and Other Stories (1876)
- The Grand Inquisitor (1879)
- The Eternal Husband and Other Stories (1890)
- The Gambler and Other Stories (1914)
- Great Short Works of Fyodor Dostoevsky (1968)
- The Crocodile and Other Tales (1973)
- Uncle’s Dream and Other Stories (1989)
- The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky (2007)
Writer’s Diary Books In Publication Order
- A Writer’s Diary, Volume One, 1873-1876 (1886)
- A Writer’s Diary, Volume Two, 1877-1881 (1886)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- Winter Notes on Summer Impressions (1863)
- Dostoevsky: Letters and Reminiscences (1923)
- Selected Letters of Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1987)
- Complete Letters, 1860-1867 (1989)
- Dostoevsky’s Occasional Writings (1997)
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Fyodor Dostoevsky Books Overview
At once a comic masterpiece and a penetrating examination of a mental breakdown, The Double portrays Golyadkin, a petty government official convinced that his ‘double’ a man who looks just like him, works in his office, and bears the same name, but is otherwise superior to him in every aspect is ruining his life. With keen psychological insight far ahead of its time, leading to wide misinterpretation among critics upon its first publication in 1846, Dostoevsky’s second novel is now recognized as one his most important works and one that inspired nearly hundreds of imitations.
Unhappy with the negative reception The Double received, Dostoevsky re wrote his original version of 1846 fifteen years later. Dostoevsky wrote, ‘This revision, provided with an introduction, will be the equivalent of a new novel. They will finally see what The Double really is!…
In a word, I m challenging everybody to a battle Why should I lose a superb idea, a great type in its social importance, which I was the first to discover and of which I was the herald?’
This novel brought its 24 year old author critical and public acclaim nearly overnight. Written in the form of letters, it recounts a blossoming romance amid St. Petersburg’s slums between a middle aged writer and a much younger seamstress. Compact and easy to read, it represents an excellent introduction to Dostoyevsky’s work.
1915. Dostoevsky, Russian novelist, is considered one of the most outstanding and influential writers of modern literature. In The Insulted and Injured he first explores one of his major themes, the beneficial effects of suffering. The novel begins: Last year, on the evening of March 22, I had a very strange adventure. All that day I had been walking about the town trying to find a lodging. My old one was very damp, and I had begun to have an ominous cough. Ever since the autumn I had been meaning to move, but I had hung on till the spring. I had not been able to find anything decent all day. In the first place I wanted a separate tenement, not a room in other people’s lodgings; secondly, though I could do with one room, it must be a large one, and, of course, it had at the same time to be as cheap as possible. I have observed that in a confined space even thought is cramped. When I was brooding over a future novel I liked to walk up and down the room. By the way, I always like better brooding over my works and dreaming how they should be written than actually writing them. And this really is not from laziness. Why is it? See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
Accused of political subversion as a young man, Dostoyevsky was sentenced to 4 years of hard labor at a Siberian prison camp. Years later, he developed this semi autobiographical memoir of a man condemned to penal servitude for murdering his wife. This haunting and remarkable work ranks amoung Dostoyevsky’s greatest masterpieces.
‘Notes from Underground translated in English as Notes from the Underground or Letters from the Underworld while Notes from Underground is the most literal translation 1864 is a short novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. It is considered by many to be the world’s first existentialist novel. It presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator generally referred to by critics as the Underground Man who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg.’ Quote from wikipedia. org
About the Author
‘Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky sometimes transliterated Dostoyevsky, Dostoievsky, Dostojevskij or Dostoevski listen November 11 O.S. October 30 1821 February 9 O.S. January 28 1881 was a Russian novelist and writer of fiction whose works, including Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, have had a profound and lasting effect on intellectual thought and world literature.
Dostoevsky’s literary output explores human psychology in the troubled political, social and spiritual context of 19th century Russian society. Considered by many as a founder or precursor of 20th century existentialism, his Notes from Underground 1864, written in the embittered voice of the anonymous ‘underground man’, was named by Walter Kaufmann as the ‘best overture for existentialism ever written.” Quote from wikipedia. org
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Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences biographical, historical, and literary to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works. Few authors have been as personally familiar with desperation as Fyodor Dostoevsky, and none have been so adept at describing it. Crime and Punishment the novel that heralded the author’s period of masterworks tells the story of the poor and talented student Raskolnikov, a character of unparalleled psychological depth and complexity. Raskolnikov reasons that men like himself, by virtue of their intellectual superiority, can and must transcend societal law. To test his theory, he devises the perfect crime the murder of a spiteful pawnbroker living in St. Petersburg. In one of the most gripping crime stories of all time, Raskolnikov soon realizes the folly of his abstractions. Haunted by vivid hallucinations and the torments of his conscience, he seeks relief from his terror and moral isolation first from Sonia, the pious streetwalker who urges him to confess, then in a tense game of cat and mouse with Porfiry, the brilliant magistrate assigned to the murder investigation. A tour de force of suspense, Crime and Punishment delineates the theories and motivations that underlie a bankrupt morality. Priscilla Meyer is Professor of Russian Language and Literature at Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut. She published Find What the Sailor Has Hidden, the first monograph on Vladimir Nabokov s Pale Fire, and edited the first English translation of Andrei Bitov s collection of short stories, Life in Windy Weather.
The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: New introductions commissioned from today’s top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader’s viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences biographical, historical, and literary to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works. Just two years after completing Crime and Punishment, which explored the mind of a murderer, Dostoevsky produced another masterpiece, The Idiot. This time the author portrays a truly beautiful soul a character he found difficult to bring to life because, as he wrote, beauty is the ideal, and neither my country, nor civilized Europe, know what that ideal of beauty is. The result was one of Dostoevsky’s greatest characters Prince Myshkin, a saintly, Christ like, yet deeply human figure.
The story begins when Myshkin arrives on Russian soil after a stay in a Swiss sanatorium. Scorned by St. Petersburg society as an idiot for his generosity and innocence, the prince finds himself at the center of a struggle between a rich, kept woman and a beautiful, virtuous girl, who both hope to win his affection. Unfortunately, Myshkin s very goodness seems to bring disaster to everyone he meets. The shocking denouement tragically reveals how, in a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, a sanatorium is the only place for a saint. Joseph Frank is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at Princeton University and Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Slavic Languages and Literature at Stanford University. He is the author of a five volume study of Dostoevsky s life and work. The first four volumes received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, two Christian Gauss Awards, two James Russell Lowell Awards of the Modern Language Association, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and other honors. Frank is also the author of Through the Russian Prism: Essays on Literature and Culture, The Widening Gyre, and The Idea of Spatial Form. He also wrote the introduction to the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Dostoevsky s The House of the Dead and Poor Folk.
The most monstrous monster is the monster with noble feelings. This remarkably edgy and suspenseful tale shows that, despite being better known for his voluminous and sprawling novels, Fyodor Dostoevsky was a master of the more tightly focused form of the novella. The Eternal Husband may, in fact, constitute his most classically shaped composition, with his most devilish plot: a man answers a late night knock on the door to find himself in a tense and puzzling confrontation with the husband of a former lover but it isn t clear if the husband knows about the affair. What follows is one of the most beautiful and piercing considerations ever written about the dualities of love: a dazzling psychological duel between the two men over knowledge they may or may not share, bringing them both to a shattering conclusion. The Art of The Novella Series Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature’s greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.
In 1869 a young Russian was strangled, shot through the head and thrown into a pond. His crime? A wish to leave a small group of violent revolutionaries, from which he had become alienated. Dostoevsky takes this real life catastophe as the subject and culmination of Devils, a title that refers to the young radicals themselves and also to the materialistic ideas that possessed the minds of many thinking people in Russian society at the time. The satirical portraits of the revolutionaries, with their naivety, ludicrous single mindedness and readiness for murder and destruction, might seem exaggerated until we consider their all too recognisable descendants in the real world ever since. The key figure in the novel, however is beyond politics. Nikolay Stavrogin, another product of rationalism run wild, exercises his charisma with ruthless authority and total amorality. His unhappiness is accounted for when he confesses to a ghastly sexual crime in a chapter long suppressed by the censor. This prophetic account of modern morals and politics, with its fifty odd characters, amazing events and challenging ideas, is seen by some critics as Dostoevsky’s masterpiece.
Book Jacket Status: JacketedThis superb new translation never before published of one of Dostoevsky’s major novels comes from the award winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. The Adolescent originally published in English as A Raw Youth is markedly different in tone from Dostoevsky s other masterpieces. It is told from the point of view of the nineteen year old narrator, whose immaturity, freshness, and na vet are unforgettably reflected in his narrative voice. The illegitimate son of a landowner, Arkady Dolgoruky was raised by foster parents and tutors, and has scarcely ever seen his father, Versilov, and his mother, Versilov s peasant common law wife. Arkady goes to Petersburg to meet this accidental family and to confront the father who dominates his imagination and whom he both disdains and longs to impress. Having sewn into his coat a document that he believes gives him power over others, Arkady proceeds with an irrepressible youthful volatility that withstands blunders and humiliations at every turn. Dostoevsky masterfully depicts adolescence as a state of uncertainty, ignorance, and incompleteness, but also of richness and exuberance, in which everything is still possible. His tale of a youth finding his way in the disorder of Russian society in the 1870s is a high and serious comedy that borders on both farce and tragedy.
The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences biographical, historical, and literary to enrich each reader’s understanding of these enduring works. The last and greatest of Dostoevsky’s novels, The Brothers Karamazov is a towering masterpiece of literature, philosophy, psychology, and religion. It tells the story of intellectual Ivan, sensual Dmitri, and idealistic Alyosha Karamazov, who collide in the wake of their despicable father s brutal murder. Into the framework of the story Dostoevsky poured all of his deepest concerns the origin of evil, the nature of freedom, the craving for meaning and, most importantly, whether God exists. The novel is famous for three chapters that may be ranked among the greatest pages of Western literature. Rebellion and The Grand Inquisitor present what many have considered the strongest arguments ever formulated against the existence of God, while The Devil brilliantly portrays the banality of evil. Ultimately, Dostoevsky believes that Christ like love prevails. But does he prove it?A rich, moving exploration of the critical questions of human existence, The Brothers Karamazov powerfully challenges all readers to reevaluate the world and their place in it. Maire Jaanus is Professor of English and department Chair at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of Georg Trakl, Literature and Negation, and a novel, She, and co editor of Reading Seminars I and II, Reading Seminar XI, and the forthcoming Lacan in the German Speaking World.
With their penetrating psychological insight and their emphasis on human dignity, respect and forgiveness, Dostoyevsky’s early short stories contain the seeds of the themes that came to his major novels. ‘Poor Folk’, the author’s first great literary triumph, is the story of a tragic relationship between an impoverished copy clerk and a young seamstress, told through their passionate letters to each other. In ‘The Landlady’, Dostoyevsky portrays a dreamer hero who is captivated by a curious couple and becomes their lodger. Mr. Prokharchin, inspired by a true story, is a sly comedy centring on an eccentric miser, and Polzunkov is a powerful character sketch which, in common with the other tales in this volume, questions the very nature of existence.
CONTENTS An Honest Thief Uncle’s Dream A Novel in Nine Letters An Unpleasant Predicament Another Man’s Wife The Heavenly Christmas Tree The Peasant Marey The Crocodile Bobok The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
In these stories, Dostoevsky explores both the figure of the dreamer divorced from reality, and also his own ambiguous attitude toward utopianism, themes central to his great novels. In White Nights, the apparent idyll of the dreamer’s romantic fantasies disguises profound loneliness and estrangement from ‘living life.’ A Gentle Creature and The Dream of a Ridiculous Man show how withdrawal from reality can end in spiritual desolation as well as moral indifference, and how, in Dostoevsky’s view, the tragedy of the alienated individual can only be resolved by the rediscovery of a sense of compassion and responsibility toward other people. No other edition brings together these specific stories which are most interesting when read alongside one another and the new translations capture all the power and lyricism of Dostoevsky’s writing at its best. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
This new edition presents ‘The Grand Inquisitor‘ together with the preceding chapter, ‘Rebellion’, and the extended reply offered by Dostoevsky in the following sections, entitles ‘The Russian Monk’. By showing how Dostoevsky frames The Grand Inquisitor story in the wider context of the novel, this edition captures the sublety and power of Dostoevsky’s critique of modernity as well as his alternative vision of human fulfilment.
The Eternal Husband and Other Stories brings together five of Dostoevsky’s short masterpieces rendered into English by two of the most celebrated Dostoevsky translators of our time. Filled with many of the themes and concerns central to his great novels, these short works display the full range of Dostoevsky s genius. The centerpiece of this collection, the short novel The Eternal Husband, describes the almost surreal meeting of a cuckolded widower and his dead wife s lover. Dostoevsky s dark brilliance and satiric vision infuse the other four tales with all too human characters, including a government official who shows up uninvited at an underling s wedding to prove his humanity; a self deceiving narrator who struggles futilely to understand his wife s suicide; and a hack writer who attends a funeral and ends up talking with the dead. The Eternal Husband and Other Stories is sterling Dostoevsky a collection of emotional power and uncompromising insight into the human condition.
A new selection of seven of Dostoyevsky’s best stories.
‘The Gambler,’ about a young tutor in the employ of a Russian general, was written under a strict deadline so Dostoyevsky could pay off his roulette debts. Also included here are ‘Bobok,’ the tale of a frustrated writer visiting a cemetery and enjoying the gossip of the dead; ‘The Dream of a Ridiculous Man,’ the story of one man’s plan to commit suicide and the troubling dream that follows; as well as ‘White Nights,’ ‘A Christmas Party and a Wedding,’ ‘A Nasty Story,’ and ‘The Meek One.’
The shorter works of one of the world’s greatest writers, including The Gambler and Notes from Underground The short works of Dostoevsky exist in the very large shadow of his astonishing longer novels, but they too are among literature’s most revered works. The Gambler chronicles Dostoevsky’s own addiction, which he eventually overcame. Many have argued that Notes from Underground contains several keys to understanding the themes of the longer novels, such as Crime and Punishment and The Idiot. Great Short Works of Fyodor Dostoevsky includes: Notes from Underground The Gambler A Disgraceful Affair The Eternal Husband The Double White Nights A Gentle Creature The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
‘The Crocodile’ is a wickedly ironic ‘true story’ of a gentleman swallowed alive by a crocodile on the display at the Arcade. Fyodor Mikhailovitch Dostoyevsky 1821 1881 is best known for his exploration of the human dark side of the psyche, but this collection shows he is equally adept at sarcastic and absurdist commentary.
This collection, unique to the Modern Library, gathers seven of Dostoevsky’s key works and shows him to be equally adept at the short story as with the novel. Exploring many of the same themes as in his longer works, these small masterpieces move from the tender and romantic White Nights, an archetypal nineteenth century morality tale of pathos and loss, to the famous Notes from the Underground, a story of guilt, ineffectiveness, and uncompromising cynicism, and the first major work of existential literature. Among Dostoevsky’s prototypical characters is Yemelyan in The Honest Thief, whose tragedy turns on an inability to resist crime. Presented in chronological order, in David Magarshack’s celebrated translation, this is the definitive edition of Dostoevsky’s best stories.
The essential entries from Dostoevsky’s complete Diary, called his boldest experiment in literary form, are now available in this abridged edition; it is a uniquely encyclopedic forum of fictional and nonfictional genres. A Writer’s Diary began as a column in a literary journal, but by 1876 Dostoevsky was able to bring it out as a complete monthly publication with himself as an editor, publisher, and sole contributor, suspending work on The Brothers Karamazov to do so. The Diary‘s radical format was matched by the extreme range of its contents. In a single frame it incorporated an astonishing variety of material: short stories; humorous sketches; reports on sensational crimes; historical predictions; portraits of famous people; autobiographical pieces; and plans for stories, some of which were never written while others appeared later in the Diary itself. A range of authorial and narrative voices and stances and an elaborate scheme of allusions and cross references preserve and present Dostoevsky’s conception of his work as a literary whole. Selected from the two volume set, this abridged edition of A Writer’s Diary appears in a single paperback volume, along with a new condensed introduction by editor Gary Saul Morson.
The essential entries from Dostoevsky’s complete Diary, called his boldest experiment in literary form, are now available in this abridged edition; it is a uniquely encyclopedic forum of fictional and nonfictional genres. A Writer’s Diary began as a column in a literary journal, but by 1876 Dostoevsky was able to bring it out as a complete monthly publication with himself as an editor, publisher, and sole contributor, suspending work on The Brothers Karamazov to do so. The Diary’s radical format was matched by the extreme range of its contents. In a single frame it incorporated an astonishing variety of material: short stories; humorous sketches; reports on sensational crimes; historical predictions; portraits of famous people; autobiographical pieces; and plans for stories, some of which were never written while others appeared later in the Diary itself. A range of authorial and narrative voices and stances and an elaborate scheme of allusions and cross references preserve and present Dostoevsky’s conception of his work as a literary whole. Selected from the two volume set, this abridged edition of A Writer’s Diary appears in a single paperback volume, along with a new condensed introduction by editor Gary Saul Morson.
In June 1862, Dostoevsky left Petersburg on his first excursion to Western Europe. Ostensibly making the trip to consult Western specialists about his epilepsy, he also wished to see firsthand the source of the Western ideas he believed were corrupting Russia. Over the course of his journey he visited a number of major cities, including Berlin, Paris, London, Florence, Milan, and Vienna. His impressions on what he saw, ‘Winter Notes on Summer Impressions,’ were first published in the February 1863 issue of Vremya Time, the periodical he edited.
This classic collection of articles, sketches, and letters spans thirty three years in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s writing career: from 1847, just after the successful publication of his first novel, until 1880, a year before his death. These writings show the broad scope of Dostoevsky’s artistic development and the changes that occurred as a result of such cataclysmic events as his arrest and trial for treason and his subsequent imprisonment and exile in Siberia.