By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The quick works of Dostoevsky exist within the very huge shadow of his fantastic longer novels, yet they too are between literature's such a lot respected works and supply keys to knowing 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 submit the fast 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 look a narrative from one of many new collections being released in 2009. a narrative from Barb Johnson's imminent assortment might be published in the back of this quantity.
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Why is he thrown into such confusion, as though he had just committed some terrible crime within his four walls? As though he had been forging paper money? Or writing some atrocious poetry to be sent to a journal with an anonymous letter, in which he will explain that, the poet having recently died, he, his friend, deems it his sacred duty to publish his verses? Can you tell me, Nastenka, why the conversation between the two friends never really gets going? Why doesn’t laughter or some witty remark escape the lips of the perplexed caller, who had so inopportunely dropped out of the blue, and who at other times is so fond of laughter and all sorts of quips and cranks?
Well, I’d have started, ‘Dear Sir. . ’ ” 50 \\ F YO D O R D O S T OY E V S K Y “Of course! I mean, not necessarily. . You could. . ” “Never mind. ” “ ‘Dear Sir, you will pardon me for . ’ No, I don’t think you should apologise for writing to him. The circumstances themselves fully justify your letter. Write simply: ‘I am writing to you. Forgive me for my impatience, but all the year I have lived in such happy anticipation of your return that it is hardly surprising that I cannot bear the suspense even one day longer.
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. You’ve got me so muddled and confused, Nastenka, that I’ve lost count of the time. Why, don’t you see? He’s scarcely had time to receive your letter. Now, suppose that for some reason he can’t come today.