WHITE NIGHTS - F. DOSTOYEVSKY

Dear all, 

in these difficult times it is important to spare a moment to remember that there is also beauty in this world.

Why not read a short story? I suggest one by Dostoevsky that I love: it is called "White Nights". 

Like many of Dostoevsky's stories it is told in the first person by a nameless narrator who is a young man living in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He is alone and suffers from this loneliness. One day at the beginning of summer he befriends a young woman and gradually falls in love with her, even if he knows perfectly well that the girl is longing to be reunited with her long-time lover. This inevitably happens in the end and the narrator is left alone once again: but he refuses to despair because now he has a precious moment of happiness to remember. 

   

INCIPIT  

"It was a wonderful night, such a night as is only possible when we are young, dear reader. The sky was so starry, so bright that, looking at it, one could not help asking oneself whether ill-humoured and capricious people could live under such a sky. That is a youthful question too, dear reader, very youthful, but may the Lord put it more frequently into your heart!…”   

Here the link to the english version: https://www.holybooks.com/wp-content/uploads/White-Nights-And-Other-Stories.pdf  

"Era una notte meravigliosa, una di quelle notti che forse esistono soltanto quando si è giovani, mio caro lettore. Il cielo era così stellato, così luminoso che, guardandolo, ci si chiedeva istintivamente: è mai possibile che sotto un simile cielo vivano uomini collerici e capricciosi ? Anche questa, caro lettore, è una domanda da giovani, molto da giovani... voglia Iddio farla nascere spesso nell’animo vostro…”  

Link alla versione italiana:             https://www.liberliber.it/mediateca/libri/d/dostoevskij/le_notti_bianche/pdf/dostoevskij_le_notti_bianche.pdf


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