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The Crocodile and Other Stories (riverrun Editions) Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Crocodile and Other Stories (riverrun Editions) By Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Crocodile and Other Stories (riverrun Editions) by Fyodor Dostoevsky


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Michael Wood's selection of Dostoevsky's shorter works is drawn from the timeless translations of Constance Garnett whose work, he says in his preface, gives readers the best of several worlds.

The Crocodile and Other Stories (riverrun Editions) Summary

The Crocodile and Other Stories (riverrun Editions): Dostoevsky's finest short stories in the timeless translations of Constance Garnett by Fyodor Dostoevsky

'I have always been ridiculous, and I have known it, perhaps from the hour I was born'


A man goes mad because he is happy.

A civil servant behaves like a monster at a wedding-party.

A man is swallowed by a crocodile, but not eaten nor seriously damaged.

Dostoevsky's stories inhabit similarly volcanic atmospheres as his novels, places of curiosity and exception. They resemble jokes and anecdotes, told by volatile, voluble, morbidly sensitive and frustrated characters. These narrators all have a tendency to express themselves in crescendos of conflicting emotions, while the stories themselves steer clear of grand conclusions.

Michael Wood's selection of Dostoevsky's shorter works is drawn from the timeless translations of Constance Garnett whose work, he says in his preface, gives readers the best of several worlds.

About Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) was a Russian novelist, story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. His most famous and influential works include the novels Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov and The Idiot and the novella, Notes From Underground.

Michael Wood is Professor Emeritus at Princeton University and the author of, among other books, Literature and the Taste of Knowledge and The Habits of Distraction.

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The Crocodile and Other Stories (riverrun Editions): Dostoevsky's finest short stories in the timeless translations of Constance Garnett by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Quercus Publishing
2019-10-31
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