Great Short Works of Fyodor Dostoevskyby Fyodor Dostoevsky
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/b>/b>/b>
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This collection captures much of what makes Dostoevsky one of the world's greatest writers, especially "Notes from Underground," which is without doubt a seminal work in western literature and modern consciousness. Many of the themes in his longer works are found here in nascent and/or shorter form: the alienation of the Individual; the dehumanization of modern man; the struggle against materialism; and the affirmation of the importance of human beings and the primacy of free will and choice in the assertion of our humanity. All big words and ideas carrying the potential for outright dismissal as bombast by our jaded (and trivial) modern world view. Serious readers will not be deterred and will find in this book the wisdom and profound intellectual depth of Russia's greatest writer and one of the World's greatest masters of literature.