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White Nights

White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
By: (1821-1881)

White Nights is a beautifully written novella that explores themes of loneliness, love, and longing. The story follows the main character as he navigates the city streets at night, encountering a mysterious woman who captivates him with her sad and lonely demeanor.

Dostoyevsky's prose is poetic and evocative, drawing the reader into the melancholic world of the protagonist as he grapples with his own feelings of isolation and yearning for human connection. The characters are richly drawn, each with their own struggles and desires that add depth to the narrative.

While the novella is short, it packs a powerful emotional punch, leaving readers contemplating the nature of love and the fleeting moments of connection that can change the course of a person's life. White Nights is a timeless and moving piece of literature that showcases Dostoyevsky's unparalleled talent for exploring the complexities of the human experience.

Book Description:

Белые ночи (”White Nights”) by Fyodor Dostoevsky [read in Russian]. In this small 100kb story (though author states this is a sentimental novel) author describes in his traditional and particular way the internal world of one young lonely person.
The hero’s 26 years old man, who is oriented into his internal world, who’s rather shy, and thus is in real demand of a soulful conversations and love. The action take place in the city of a real and deep sentiments and romance — Saint Petersburg, the most romantic and European city in Russia. Not only the location is important, but also a time of a day: all actions in the story take place in evening and night time — the famous time of white nights.
Once, hero is going out to have a little daily promenade alone and he occasionally meets an attractive and lovely woman on evening streets of Saint Petersburg. Can he fell in love with her? Can they estimate the value of this relationship? Can they lead a happy life in this city of lonely hearts? You will know the answers on all these questions if you read or listen to a story.

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Reviews (Rated: 2 Stars - 5 reviews)

Reviewer: - January 17, 2019
As a native speaker, it's not hard for me to understand, but fairly difficult to follow -- in part because I'm getting distracted by trying to pick apart the accent. It's been 20 years, but my best guess is Georgian or a long-time Arabic speaker. All else being equal, audiobooks are better when read with an accent, but they should make up for it in enunciation, which this one does not.
Reviewer: - January 11, 2017
Sorry, I do not like any of the recordings for the Russian language.It looks like they read for the first time, no intonation and voice is not clear. I am not russian languange native speaker and i need to hear a more clear voice.
Reviewer: - January 25, 2016
Russian is my native language, and I could not listen for more that 10 minutes. Very bad reading, monotone and lisping. It is obviously that reader did not even take care to read the text before recording...
Reviewer: - November 12, 2014
Subject: EN318 reading
Fyodor expresses himself through his work. His work almost goes against the western idea that individualism is something to strive for. In White Nights he illustrates the isolation of the post-Russian Revolution society. How everyone was feeling misplaced because of the freedom of the serfs. One can concur that the speaker is a former serf trying to survive the city life. He feels isolated. He doesn't know how to interact. Fyodor is a complex thinker but an easy to read writer. Very great.
Reviewer: - October 12, 2013
I'm a Russian language native, but I'm not understanding what the reader says. He's read very badly as though he does not understand what is written in the book. P.S. sorry for my English. His diction is also very bad.

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