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«Фантастический рассказ», впервые опубликованный в 1877 году. Одинокий молодой человек решает застрелиться, но предается размышлениям, засыпает и видит сон, заставивший его изменить свои взгляды на жизнь.
Kindle Edition, 21 pages
Published by Общественное достояние (first published 1877)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Сон смешного человека = Son smeshnovo cheloveka = The Dream of a Ridiculous Man and Other Stories‬, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Dream of a Ridiculous Man is a short story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky written in 1877. It chronicles the experiences of a man who decides that there is nothing of any value in the world. Slipping into nihilism with the “terrible anguish” he is determined to commit suicide. A chance encounter with a young girl, however, begins the man on a journey that re-instills a love for his f
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Florencia
‘You’re not Dostoevsky,’ said the citizeness, who was getting muddled by Koroviev.
‘Well, who knows, who knows,’ he replied.
‘Dostoevsky’s dead,’ said the citizeness, but somehow not very confidently.
‘I protest!’ Behemoth exclaimed hotly. ‘Dostoevsky is immortal!’

― Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

I said it once and I'll say it again. This man knew and understood human nature like no one. His ability to explore the human psyche was outstanding. He wrote about every subject concerning hum
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Glenn Russell
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


The intensity of the long novels of Dostoevsky is compressed in the novella Notes from Underground where the underground man narrates his tale of spite and nastiness in one hundred and thirty pages. However, the intensity is compressed even more, in a kind of super-intensity, as the ridiculous man narrates his fantastic, hallucinogenic tale in the twenty page story The Dream of a Ridiculous Man.

I first read this story years ago and the images made a deep impression. I just did complete rereadin
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J.L.   Sutton
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“How hard it is to be the only one who understands…the more I learned the more thoroughly I understood that I was ridiculous”

Image result for dostoevsky ridiculous man animation painted

The confessional style of this short story reminded me of Notes from Underground. The protagonists from both stories are, of course, tortured. However, the Underground Man cares deeply what other people think of him. That’s one of the ways in which he suffers. The Ridiculous Man is indifferent to other people and to life itself until a little girl pleads for his help. Then
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Elyse  Walters
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t regularly pick books to read by the famous legendary Russian novelist...
Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky ....
but sometimes a girl just needs to do what she feels compelled to do.

I was first enchanted by the title and book cover.
I wanted to know more...
“The Dream of A Ridiculous Man, took about 40 minutes to read. ( a far lot shorter than Crime and Punishment).

Dostoyévsky’s - ( 1821- 1835), works of fiction include 15 novels, and novellas, 17 short stories and 5 transactions.

“The Dream
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Ram Alsrougi
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dostoyevsky knew and understood the human nature like no one; his ability to explore the human psyche was outstanding. This kind of writer who speaks to our souls, who helps us open our eyes and see things from different perspectives.
I love this writer, and enjoyed this book.

Dostoyevsky, you're IMMORTAL. ❤
Sidharth Vardhan

“Only perhaps in our children, in their earliest years, one might find, some remote faint reflection of this beauty."

Do you remember losing that treasured innocence that we were born with? that old childish ‘innocence’ (there might be a better word to describe it, but my vocabulary is poor) - the nausea of which we live with for rest of our lives? We know, or at least we think we know, that it can’t be helped, and we would consider someone a weakling, a divine fool or ridiculous if he
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Carol
Fyodor Dostoyevsky is quite a reading experience. After my somewhat dubious encounter with Crime and Punishment a few years back, I wasn't sure I'd undertake another FD novel, but then this short story appeared on my Goodread's feed and I thought....it's only 40 pages!

Ha! Throughout the entire story of extremely small print pages, my first thought was, this guy is writing at 100 miles per hour like his thoughts were just exploding from his mind....or that's how it felt to me. His writing so int

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Reemi
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Reemi by: عماد العتيلي
My first reading of Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
How could 48 pages mess with my head like this!
I've always heard good things about Dostoyevsky's writing and philosophy.he has some hardcore fans and all that hype surrounding his books. And now, i get it.

Now, i want to read all if his novels and stories . Really! ❤️.
Greta
“Killing myself was a matter of such indifference to me that I felt like waiting for a moment when it would make some difference.”

This is my favorite quote of Dostoyevsky‘s short story "The dream of a ridiculous Man" and captures its quintessence: the absurdity of human existence in the indifferent universe. Think of the absurdity of pushing a rock up a hill an infinite number of times, like described by Albert Camus in "The myth of sisyphus".

Just like that the narrator of this story thinks of
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Rajat Ubhaykar
I would rather call this short story a lament on the following grounds:
a) It admits it cannot change things but proceeds to tell us what it thinks anyway.
b) It starts off on a morose note and diligently maintains the tone throughout.

However this is not an ordinary lament. It's an out and out Christian lament that rages against science, rationality and man's relentless quest towards greater understanding. It denounces earth as a place where the "consciousness of life is higher than life, wher
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Anaszaidan
سأضع مراجعتي بالإنجليزية،وبعدها باللغة العربية.
I have to talk about my experience in reading the novel before I express my opinion .
I heard it by voice in a terrific performance from a girl through SoundCloud named Amani Issa , and then I saw that I have to read it from a Kindle in English , and discovered new things I wouldn’t have discovered them by reading the serious scientific books , and is that the simple words that I know in English have synonyms that I didn’t hear about them before . Pe
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Himanshu
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Thoughts that never sleep
An Indignant Truth and a Glorified Lie

A man finds himself as if stranded on a place full of people in a mental state that differs only slightly from a coma, because he has the worst disease that a living man can acquire: Indifference. He stands there with a knowledge of how irrevocably misplaced he his and the only logical conclusion that he sees with absolute clarity is to end this lofty astray life of his, to cease the pain of knowledge of this wretched truth that there exists nothing in t
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Supreeth
Dostoyevsky's ideas are hard to be labeled as any sort of philosophy, they're dispersed in a broad spectrum. He has this ability to portray suffering as some sort of delicious sexy looking dish you'd crave for. And all that in twenty-six pages. But suffering is something he talks about a whole lot. He rips the idea of 'the paradise'. If you're rich and charming and have a bunch of close friends who'd basically nod at everything you say, have good sex, never hungry, never agitated, completely acc ...more
Chris M.H
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Faith. This is what emanated from this story the most for me. The faith that love will one day rule every man’s heart. The faith that meaning will be discovered in every action a man performs. The faith that human beings can find and live in truth.

A remarkable short story in that it captured my desire to believe in something true, in the goodness of being and the value of experience whether witnessed or imagined. I loved Dostoyevsky’s description of the man’s dream, of being grasped by a force w
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Magdalen
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian-roulette
Re-read February 2017 because once was not enough.

I wonder if Russian literature will ever disappoint me because the more I read, the more astonished I am.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a chapter if not a tome himself and every work I read of his he proves why he was the master mind he was.

Masterpiece
Phoenix2
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: classics, philosophy, allegory
Shelves: classics
A short story about a man who wants to kill himself and how he eventually changed his purpose in life. The plot involves a dream that he had, in which he experiance the evolution of society. It's an easy to read story, but it's more about the philosophical meanings that the author wants to express rather than the story itself.
Bettie
Read here: http://www.feedbooks.com/book/2138/th...

Description: Published in 1864, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground has a reputation as the first existentialist novel. It established a template for the genre with a portrait of an isolated man contemptuous of the sordid society around him, paralyzed by doubt, and obsessed with the pain and absurdity of his own existence. Also true to form, the narrative, though it has a plot of sorts, does not redeem its hero in any sense or offer a
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Sarah
“... the more I learned, the more conscious did I become of the fact that I was ridiculous. So that for me my years of hard work at the university seem in the end to have existed for the sole purpose of demonstrating and proving to me, the more deeply engrossed I became in my studies, that I was an utterly absurd person.”
andy
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The consciousness of life is higher than life, the knowledge of the laws of happiness is higher than happiness — that is what one must contend against. And I shall. If only everyone wants it, it can be arranged at once.
And I tracked down that little girl … and I shall go on and on!
Anne Zappa
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about an experience and not a notion, an experience of spiritual enlightenment that I think Dostoevsky had, which he wanted vicariously conveyed through this short story.

The ridiculous man dreams of dying, then gets resurrected or reaches some kind of an afterlife, he lands on this Extra Virgin Greek Island Paradise where everyone is stoned happy, loved & peaceful. People are experiencing eternal bliss but as they consort with our protagonist, they get corrupt, get thrilled by the f
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H.A. Leuschel
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A powerful novella that made me think about the purpose of life as well how the human mind deals with the idea of life versus death.
Sam
Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This morning in class(!) I misread the text on some kid's shirt as being a book title (Being and Time, in fact) and thought about how strange it would be if people wore shirts advertising their favorite books instead of their favorite bands. Unless people actually do that...I'm pretty sure I've never seen it. That would be really pretentious.
Why would a book shirt seem more pretentious than a band shirt? Is it because reading requires literacy and/or some form of intelligence, and all music req
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Abhranil Dutta
"I know that people can be beautiful and happy without losing their ability to dwell on this earth. I will cannot and will not believe that evil is a man's natural state"

I felt this is one of the best works of Fyodar Dostoyevsky.
Brilliantly written..!!

I hope everyone on this earth becomes a 'Ridiculous man' :)


André
"I will not and cannot believe that evil is the normal condition of mankind."

The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, written in 1877, is focused on the events of a nameless and nihilistic man that is determined to suicide.
Dostoyevsky presents an insurgent short-story with glimpses of hope towards humankind.

The story starts with the ridiculous man wandering the streets of St. Petersburg with the thought of suicide dwelling in his mind. The narrator feels worthless and apathetic towards humankind, and the
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Wafa Foufa
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-top
i just rememberd that I've read this book!! I've always said that I should read something of Fyodor Dostoyevsky (basically because everyone is talking how great are his books), but ended up reading one of his without knowing it !!!
I remember back in high school how my friend who rarely read books came to me and said that I should definitely read this story, and she was right.
I'm remebering the story vaguely, so I will re-read it for sure !!!
Soycd
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-1

A dream! What is a dream? And is not our life a dream?

The dream of a Ridiculous Man is the story of a man who has become disenchanted with the world and is considering suicide. One day he was going home when he was approached by a little girl who asked him for help and he refused to acknowledge her. After that he resumed his walk until he noticed something that caught his eye:

The sky was horribly dark, but one could distinctly see tattered clouds, and between them fathomless black patches. Sudd
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Rahil
الحقيقة !
He has seen the Evidence !
it's one of the best books one can ever read ! <3
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حسن
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant short story of a man who suffers existential crisis but one day finds the meaning of life in a dream. A great read!
Manaal Siddiqui
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in philosophy, nihilism, thought experiments, and the nature of existence.
On the surface, Dostoevsky’s “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man” is about the transformation of a man contemplating suicide. The start of the story describes this man’s psychological state of mind— he apparently had a tough childhood and his resulting proud nature might be a coping strategy that helped him survive the ridicule from everyone around him. His pride leads to indifference and thus he reaches the conclusion that his life has no meaning, and subsequently decides to kill himself. However, h ...more
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Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was born in Moscow in 1821. His debut, the epistolary novella Poor Folk (1846), made his name. In 1849 he was arrested for involvement with the politically subversive 'Petrashevsky circle' and until 1854 he lived in a convict prison in Omsk, Siberia. From this experience came The House of the Dead (1860-2). In 1860 he began the journal Vremya (Time). Already married, ...more

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