Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

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Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881), Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Engaging with a variety of philosophical and religious themes, the works of Dostoevsky explore human psychology in the turbulent political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of nineteenth century Russia. and engage with a variety of philosophical and religious themes. The 1877 short story ‘The Dream of a Ridiculous Man’, examines the experiences of a man who decides that life is worthless. Having fallen into nihilism and despair, he is determined to end his life. To that end, he has acquired a pistol. However, an encounter with a distressed young girl interferes with his plans. Back home he eventually falls asleep, into a long lucid dream …
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