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In this early work from Fyodor Dostoevsky, the role and domain of the anti-hero is explored and exposed. In his self-appointed removal from society, the narrator attempts to dissect the complicated rules, both spoken and unspoken, of human interactions as well as the driving force and reason behind individual morality and universal truths. He descends into a chaos of contradictions as he attempts to prove his own superiority and understanding of morality while simultaneously revealing his intense self-loathing and hatred for society as a whole. While describing this distaste for the society he has removed himself from, it is also clear that he obsesses over and longs to rejoin this culture he has ruined for himself. This work is a detailed and intellectual exploration of free will vs. determinism, moral ambiguity, existentialism, and a complicated but honest assessment of one's own soul. To overcome truth and ascend humanity, Dostoevsky's narrator must face an attempt to rationalize the endless contradictions of life, self, and society. This series, published by ONE audiobooks, seeks to produce Classic titles read by well known and loved audiobook narrators. ONE takes great care to cast these titles with readers who will provide an unmatched listening experience for these important works. Simon Bubb brings his passion to every performance and is considered to be one of the top audiobook narrators in the industry.Show more
BBC radio productions of Dostoevsky's masterpieces, plus selected shorter fiction and bonus programmes exploring his life and work One of the most important and influential Russian writers of the 19th Century, Fyodor Dostoevsky is admired worldwide for his great realist novels, exploring questions of morality, philosophy and the nature of existence. This compilation contains the BBC radio productions of his four most famous novels - as well as three lesser-known works and two bonus documentaries - collected together for the first time. Crime and Punishment - When he tests out a horrific theory, young Raskolnikov finds himself pursued by the cunning investigator Porfiry Petrovich. This thrilling tale of guilt and redemption stars Barnaby Kay and Jim Norton. The Idiot - Arriving back in Russia after years spent abroad treating his epilepsy, Prince Mishkin learns the story of the woman who will dominate his life - the spoilt but captivating Nastasya... Dostoevsky's most personal novel stars Paul Rhys, Roger Allam and Lia Williams. Devils - Idealism curdles into murderous anarchy in this fresh, contemporary 3-part adaptation of Dostoevsky's terrifying masterpiece, starring Gary Lilburn, Jane Whittenshaw, Joseph Arkley and Jonathan Forbes. The Brothers Karamazov- The Karamazov family reunite for a meeting with their father to discuss Dmitry's inheritance. But the unpredictable Fyodor seems unwilling to play the game.... Stars Roy Marsden, Paul Hilton and Nicholas Boulton. The Friend of the Family - Russia, 1859, and the Manor of Stephanchikovo is thrown into chaos when a former sergeant sets himself up as an arbiter of morals and taste. David Suchet and Clive Merrison star in this farcical comedy. Bobok - Loitering in the cemetery after a funeral, a drunken writer overhears the conversations of the recently deceased corpses... This blackly comic short story is performed by Boris Isarov. Dream of a Ridiculous Man - A study in music and words of Dostoevsky's vision of an idyllic, prelapsarian world. Read by Ronald Pickup. Dostoevsky and Dangerous Ideas - John Gray reflects on the lessons Dostoevsky's novels teach us about the perils of misguided idealism. Dr Rowan Williams on Dostoevsky - The onetime Archbishop of Canterbury joins Susan Hitch to consider conflicting ideas about spiritual regeneration and existentialism, as embodied in Dostoevsky's characters. First published 1859 (The Friend of the Family), 1866 (Crime and Punishment), 1869 (The Idiot), 1872 (Demons), 1873 ('Bobok'), 1877 ('The Dream of a Ridiculous Man'), 1880 (The Brothers Karamazov)Show more
A collection of the greatest Russian crime and mystery fiction-including stories by Akunin, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Nabokov, Pushkin, and Tolstoy. Many of the greatest Russian authors, including Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, and Pushkin, produced crime and mystery fiction, a type of literature that was largely suppressed during the Soviet era because it did not glorify the state, but rather, gave significance to individual characters. With the fall of the Soviet Union, mystery writers have become some of the most successful novelists in Russia, and there is a renewed interest in, and appreciation of, the great crime classics of an earlier era. There have been few policemen, and virtually no private detectives or amateur sleuths, in Russian history worthy of approbation, and in consequence its literature is dramatically different from its Western counterparts. Criminals in Mother Russia tend to be caught or punished by their own consciences or by ghosts, and the notion of a criminal trial as we know it is utterly alien. Nonetheless, the enormous talent and passion of Russian authors has long been justly acclaimed, and the rare forays they made into the loosely defined genre of mystery fiction rank among the world's classics. This volume is the first collection ever devoted entirely to Russian crime fiction.Show more
"I am a sick man ... I am a spiteful man," a nameless voice cries out. And so, from underground, emerge the passionate confessions of a suffering man; the painful self-examination of a tormented soul; the bristling scorn of a lonely individual who has become one of the greatest antiheroes in all literature. In 1864, just prior to the years in which he wrote his greatest novels-Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Possessed, and The Brothers Karamazov-Fyodor Dostoevsky penned the darkly fascinating Notes from Underground. Its nameless hero is a profoundly alienated individual in whose brooding self-analysis there is a search for the true and the good in a world of relative values and few absolutes. Moreover, the novel introduces themes-moral, religious, political, and social-that dominated Dostoevsky's later works. Those who are familiar with his works will immediately recognize the novel's richly complex philosophical, political, and psychological themes; those who are not will find the best introduction to Dostoevsky's grander masterpieces.Show more
The narrator in the story has just came back from a wedding, but he wants to take us to a Christmas party that he was at several years ago and where he witnessed how big of a difference there is between the social classes. He saw how the rich people’s children received expensive gifts while one poor boy, the son of the governess, received only a book without covers. The narrator observed something else too: children do not build relationships based on wealth. They are pure and free from prejudices – until the society changes them. Do you want to know what the connection is between this Christmas party and the wedding? Between one rich girl and one poor boy? 'A Christmas Tree and a Wedding' by Fyodor Dostoevsky holds the answers. B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere. Fyodor Dostoevsky was a Russian author who lived in the period 1821-1881. His literary legacy consists of many short stories, novels and essays. He used his works to depict the problems of his time. He discussed the human psychology and therefore he is considered to be the greatest psychologist in the history of literature. Dostoevsky criticized the society and the political situation of 19th-century Russia. He fearlessly wrote about Russia’s revolutionaries. Through his works, he gave voice to many of his thoughts about domination and self-destruction. 'Notes from the Underground', 'Crime and Punishment' and 'The Idiot' are but a small part of Dostoevsky’s enormous literary legacy.Show more
A desperate man wanders around the streets of St. Petersburg. His life having lost its meaning, he is determined to kill himself. Nothing matters anymore and there is no point in making his existence even more painful than it already is. He figures it would be best to shoot himself. A poor little girl crosses his path and begs for some help, but the miserable man sends her away. He goes home and takes the revolver. Then a strange thought pops up in his mind. He feels guilt for not helping the girl. He spends some hours contemplating this and trying to put his conscience to sleep. Eventually, he falls asleep and a strange dream comes up in his mind. Will he wake up a new man or will he be even more determined to end his life? Find out the answers in 'The Dream of a Ridiculous Man'. B. J. Harrison started his Classic Tales Podcast back in 2007, wanting to breathe new life into classic stories. He masterfully plays with a wide array of voices and accents and has since then produced over 500 audiobooks. Now in collaboration with SAGA Egmont, his engaging narration of these famous classics is available to readers everywhere. Fyodor Dostoevsky was a Russian author who lived in the period 1821-1881. His literary legacy consists of many short stories, novels and essays. He used his works to depict the problems of his time. He discussed the human psychology and therefore he is considered to be the greatest psychologist in the history of literature. Dostoevsky criticized the society and the political situation of 19th-century Russia. He fearlessly wrote about Russia’s revolutionaries. Through his works, he gave voice to many of his thoughts about domination and self-destruction. 'Notes from the Underground', 'Crime and Punishment' and 'The Idiot' are but a small part of Dostoevsky’s enormous literary legacy.Show more
Christmas may come but once a year but evil, intrigue and malevolence are everyday events.Within this volume Christmas is a time when these dark forces form and coalesce to take life and liberty from people who may and who may not deserve the spin of its wheel.Some are merely evil, others have the beginnings of a conscience that displays itself in a dialogue with the devil, or perhaps only themselves.But, in this volume Christmas takes a ringside seat to the horrors of the human heart.Show more
Christmas may come but once a year but human emotions, the driving force of our characters are with us every day. Yet, somehow these same emotions when they happen at Christmas, seem amplified, we seem more tender to their touch, their words.In this volume we take the verse and poems of our classic poets and put them alongside our short story masters to reveal a Christmas that everyone remembers and that everyone wants to be part of.Show more
White Nights is a short story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, published in 1848, early in the writer’s career. The story tells about unfortunate young man who is lonely and shy. He strolls the streets of 1840s Saint Petersburg contemplating his solitude when he happens upon a young woman in tears. While escorting her home, the two have a conversation and soon become friends. The young man has never had a romantic connection with a woman until he meets her. In that short time span, he discovers emotions that he has never felt. This relationship lasts four nights and Fyodor Dostoyevsky tries to ask: Is temporary love possible? Also he explores the complex dynamics between people and the pain of the human condition.Show more
Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Don Warrington, known for his roles in Death in Paradise and The Five as well as his multiple Shakespearean performances. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by Oliver Ready. 'A truly great translation . . . This English version really is better' - A. N. Wilson, The Spectator TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014 This acclaimed new translation of Dostoyevsky's 'psychological record of a crime' gives his dark masterpiece of murder and pursuit a renewed vitality, expressing its jagged, staccato urgency and fevered atmosphere as never before. Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders alone through the slums of St. Petersburg, deliriously imagining himself above society's laws. But when he commits a random murder, only suffering ensues. Embarking on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer the chance of redemption. Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) was born in Moscow and made his name in 1846 with the novella Poor Folk. He spent several years in prison in Siberia as a result of his political activities, an experience which formed the basis of The House of the Dead. In later life, he fell in love with a much younger woman and developed a ruinous passion for roulette. His subsequent great novels include Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Demons and The Brothers Karamazov. Oliver Ready is Research Fellow in Russian Society and Culture at St Antony's College, Oxford. He is general editor of the anthology, The Ties of Blood: Russian Literature from the 21st Century (2008), and Consultant Editor for Russia, Central and Eastern Europe at the Times Literary Supplement. Translation copyright (c) Oliver Ready 2014 (P) Penguin Audio 2020Show more
One of the most influential novels of the nineteenth century, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment tells the tragic story of Raskolnikov—a talented former student whose warped philosophical outlook drives him to commit murder. Surprised by his sense of guilt and terrified of the consequences of his actions, Raskolnikov wanders through the slums of pre-revolutionary St. Petersburg trying to escape the ever-suspicious Porfiry, the official investigating the crime. Through the moral guidance of Sonia, a destitute but pious woman driven to prostitution to support her family, Raskolnikov works through his conflicted sense of what is both moral and just, enabling him to face the depravity of his actions. Imbued with suspense, intrigue, and a dark pathos, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel remains a deeply compelling consideration of the human psyche.Show more
Fyodor Karamazov is an angry and petty man of mean intelligence who, over the course of two marriages, sires three sons. Dimitri (Mitya) is the eldest son of his first marriage; Ivan (Vanya) and Alexey (Alyosha) are the children of his second wife. Fyodor is also the suspected parent of the illegitimate Smerdyakov, who lives as his servant. The brothers Karamazov could not be more different, and each of their personal philosophies, histories, and stories intertwine as they face an investigation into the murder of their infamous father.The Brothers Karamazov was the last novel published by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and was released only four months before his death at the age of fifty-nine. This philosophical novel deals with concepts of religion, ethics, reason, and reality and has become one of the most widely-praised books of all time with admirers such as Albert Einstein, Kurt Vonnegut, Sigmund Freud, and Franz Kafka.Show more
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