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Three Short Stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Notes from Underground; Poor People; The Friend of the Family
Three Short Stories by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Notes from Underground Poor People The Friend of the Family Author:Fyodor Dostoyevsky Notes from Underground — In this astonishing work of fiction, Dostoyevsky's protagonist explores the underground of his own tormented life, a confession of unmatched in literature for it's raging paradoxes, its odious admissions, its frightful insights into the chaos of human consciousness. Of "Notes from Underground" George Steiner writes: :...s... more »oul and unreason confront each other in extremity and the reader overhears truths as awesome as the truths Dante overheard in hell."
Dostoyevsky's first novel, which brought him immediate acclaim as Russia's new literary genius. Written in the realistic tradition of Gogol, through with a fresh psychological approach, "Poor People" tells the touching story of a humble government clerk who falls in love with a young girl and is too poor to save her from a degrading marriage.
The Friend of the Family
An entertaining farcical novel about an opportunist with social and intellectual pretensions who sets himself up as a ruler in the household of a soft-hearted landowner. The characterization of this ludicrous despot, writes Thomas Mann, is "a comic creation of the first rank, irresistible, rivaling Shakespeare and Moliere."« less