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White Nights, is a short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky that was published in 1848. Set in St. Petersburg, this is the story of a young man fighting his inner restlessness. A light and tender narrative, it delves into the torment and guilt of unrequited love. Both protagonists suffer from a deep sense of alienation that initially brings them together. A blend of romanticism an ...more
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Jane White nights in russian refers to the phenomenon around the the time of the summer solstice when the sun doesn't set completely and so at night it's…moreWhite nights in russian refers to the phenomenon around the the time of the summer solstice when the sun doesn't set completely and so at night it's not completely dark, it's just dusk. I believe the farther north you go the more pronounced the phenomenon becomes, changing from polar day to the polar night (several months of constant sunlight and then several months of comlete darkness). Saint Petersburg, where the story takes place, is famous for it's white nights, and is commonly called the city of white nights. In Saint Petersburg they last roughly from the end of may to the middle of june. So that's what the title refers to.(less)
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Tatiana
Jul 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all of humanity
Recommended to Tatiana by: my mother
Shelves: classics
This story, really a novella, is the one I use to introduce people to Dostoyevsky. If you like White Nights you will like Fyodor Mikailovich, I think, and if you don't you won't. In it we're introduced to a charming intelligent young man who lives on the edges of St. Petersburg life, a shy dreamer who spends almost all his time alone. The life of his observations and imagination is very full, however. He daydreams in 3d with vivid colors passionate intricate tales that engross him completely, to ...more
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خداى من، یک دقیقۀ تمامْ خوشبختى! آیا این نعمت براى سراسر زندگى یک انسان كافى نیست؟
شب های روشن
فئودور داستایوسکی

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مى گويند زنبور نر در تمام عمرش تنها يک بار با ملكه عشق ورزى مى كند، و بعد بى درنگ مى ميرد.
تصوّرش را بكن: در تمام عمر تنها يک بار لذّت عشق ورزى را مى چشد. تنها يک بار، امّا با ملكه. نخستين و در عين حال شكوهمندترين عشق ورزى، و بعد تمام. هدف زندگى اش همين است. بعد كه به هدف وجودى اش نائل شد، همچون ميوه اى رسيده از درخت فرو مى افتد.

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در داستانی قدیمی که گوته آن را بازگو می کند، فیلسوفی ال
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Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
«The dreamer—if you want an exact definition—is not a human being, but a creature of an intermediate sort».
Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

"Ο ονειροπόλος των πεθαμένων ονείρων".


Οι Λευκές Νύχτες στην κυριολεξία εκφράζουν το λυκόφως στις φωτεινές νύχτες της Αγίας Πετρούπολης.

Ο ήλιος ποτέ δεν δύει τελείως για να δημιουργηθεί το απόλυτο σκοτάδι. Ο ουρανός λάμπει με ένα ιδιαίτερο φως και αντανακλάται μέσα στον ποταμό Νέβα διαπερνώντας την πόλη.
Είναι το λυκόφως που βιώνουν τα μεσάνυχτα στην πόλη αυτή και αρχ
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Mohammed  Ali
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
المراجعة بعد القراءة الثانية


فتح الباب وارتمى على السرير القذر في الغرفة القذرة ذات الجو القذر، ولكن كلّ هذا لا يهم. وضع يده تحت رأسه .. وأخذ ينظر إلى السطح الذّي إسودّ من دخان المصابيح والموقد، وتدلت منه شباك العناكب .. ولكن كل هذا لا يهم . هو لا ينظر إلى السطح .. هو بالأحرى لا ينظر إلى أي شيء، فاليوم رحلت فتاة جاءت من عالم الأحلام وذهبت كحلم جميل، فتاة عرفها قبل أن يلتقي بها، تحدّث إليها وأخبرها بكل أسراره دون أن ينبس ببنت شفة، فتاة من هناك من أرضه فهو إنسان حالم والإنسان الحالم يعيش حياة طبي
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Bely Nochi = White nights, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
عنوانها: شبهای سپید؛ شبهای روشن؛ شبهای روشن و نازک دل؛ نویسنده: فئودور داستایوسکی؛ انتشاراتیها: سپهر، جامی، سرنا، کیانوش، روزگار، فردوس، ماهی، کوله پشتی، نکو روش در یزد، بهنود؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و چهارم ماه فوریه سال 2011 میلادی
عنوان: شبهای سپید؛ اثر: فئودور داستایوسکی؛ مترجم: مرتضی مقدم؛ تهران، سپهر؛ 1346؛ در 112 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، جامی، 1369، در 186 ص؛ چاپ دوم جامی 1383؛ در 188 ص؛ چاپ سوم جامی 1385، شابک: 9647468571؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگ
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ماجد دحام
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الاشخاص الاكثر تعاسة من حولنا هم اولئك الاشخاص الحالمون الذين لايجدون من يبادلهم الحب
هذا ماخلصت اليه هذه القصه التي يمكننا أن نتساءل بعدها : لم هم حالمون إذا كانوا على هذا القدر من التعاسة ؟ والجواب هو لاعتقادهم بان لحظة ما ستأتيهم بالصدفة ، ولو مرة واحدة في حياتهم ، وتحقق بالتالي حلمهم هذا بملاقاة من يبادلهم الحب ، وحينما تأتي مايعتقدون أنها تلك اللحظة التي ظلوا ينتظرونها كثيرا ويعيشون خلالها فترة الحلم سرعان ماتنتهي مع أول اختبار ، وذلك لأن الطرف المقابل إما أراد من هذا الحالم أن يكون جسر عبو
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Sarah
Let me preface this review by announcing that I have never read anything that had put my thoughts and feelings as a dreamer so accurately as it has been put in this story!

My dear Fyodor gets it, he really does!

A dreamer is someone who shuts himself from the rest of the world and loses himself in his own mind and dreams. His entire life has been like that. That is pretty much how he lived his life, and he does not mind it, not at all, he in fact, likes it.

“I am a dreamer. I know so little of rea
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Ahmed Ibrahim
"نشعر بألم الآخرين شعورًا أعمق حين نكون أشقياء معذبين"

هذه الرواية هي أفضل رد على تساؤل أم كلثوم الوجودي: "هو صحيح الهوى غلّاب؟".. دوستويفسكي لم يكتفِ بالرد الشفوي أو النظري في اثبات مشاعر القلب التي تغلب دائمًا، بل رد ردًا تطبيقيًا بوضع هذه المشاعر في يد القارئ ليؤكد ما يقول.

فيسكي ليس سوداويًا أو كئيبًا كما قد يرى البعض، بل واقعي فقط. هو أعلم بمشاعر البشر كما لو كان يعيش معاناتهم. كنت سأرى النوفيلا سخيفة إن انتهت نهاية سعيدة، حينما يصل الأمر للقلب ويصبح هو من يتحكم فيه فهذا يعني أن النتيجة معروف
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Lizzy
There is a sea of emotions raging beneath what seems to be Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s uncomplicated story White Nights. It talks about dreams, loneliness, failure, chance love, chivalry, and tears. How can a soul escape from a life of loneliness and unhappiness? At moments of absolute despair, dreaming may seem the only way to survive. I know and can truthfully testify to that because I am a dreamer myself. The unnamed narrator of Dostoyevsky’s love story comes to tell us of his solitude and pain. He ...more
Florencia
Well, at this moment, I'm supposed to be reading Clockwork Angel because I don't want to be a judgmental snob and form an opinion without even reading the book. Or this kind of book. BUT, I found White Nights, lost on my bookshelves. I think it was fate; I don't usually believe in fate, even though I don't have any proof to disbelieve in it but also no faith to really believe in it, so I'm sort of floating in the middle. However, in this particular moment, I think fate spoke to me. And oh my... ...more
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Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский), sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th century novel.

Dostoyevsky was the second son of a former army doctor. He was educated at home and at a private school. Shortly after the death
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“I am a dreamer. I know so little of real life that I just can't help re-living such moments as these in my dreams, for such moments are something I have very rarely experienced. I am going to dream about you the whole night, the whole week, the whole year. I feel I know you so well that I couldn't have known you better if we'd been friends for twenty years. You won't fail me, will you? Only two minutes, and you've made me happy forever. Yes, happy. Who knows, perhaps you've reconciled me with myself, resolved all my doubts.

When I woke up it seemed to me that some snatch of a tune I had known for a long time, I had heard somewhere before but had forgotten, a melody of great sweetness, was coming back to me now. It seemed to me that it had been trying to emerge from my soul all my life, and only now-

If and when you fall in love, may you be happy with her. I don't need to wish her anything, for she'll be happy with you. May your sky always be clear, may your dear smile always be bright and happy, and may you be for ever blessed for that moment of bliss and happiness which you gave to another lonely and grateful heart. Isn't such a moment sufficient for the whole of one's life?”
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