|Pub. Date||Edition||Publisher||Phys Desc.||Availability|
|1996||1996 Modern Library ed.||The Modern Library||xxi, 880 p. ; 22 cm.|| |
|c1992||Distributed by Random House||xxxiii, 796 p. ; 21 cm.|| |
Dostoevsky's most revolutionary novel following life of a former official who has defiantly withdrawn into an underground existence. The unnamed narrator turns to a series of incidents from his earlier life and examines them obsessively through a lens of self-contradictory beliefs. A vivid example of essentially irrational nature of human kind presented here with realism and conviction of Dostoyevsky's prose.
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While contemplating his life and deeming himself ridiculous, a man on the verge of suicide is interrupted by a young girl begging for his help. In his dark mood, he brushes her away, but when he returns home to commit the act he cannot move past his feelings of guilt over his treatment of the girl.
"The Dream of a Ridiculous Man" was adapted into a 1990 BBC production entitled The Dream starring Jeremy Irons.