“…and therefore awkward, bizarre, ethically dubious, and easily worth reading.”
How does that sentence begin? “The story is from late in Dostoevsky’s life…” Apparently Arthur Schnitzler “identified Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 1876 story ‘A Gentle Creature’ as one of the sparks of his own ‘Lieutenant Gustl,’” and Tom at Wuthering Expectations has some interesting things to say about stream of consciousness in the two works. Here’s the Russian text of Кроткая: Фантастическая рассказ (“A Gentle Creature: A Fantastic Story”).
(That’s from a rehearsal for a recent dramatization of “A Gentle Creature,” and the music is an instrumental version of “Rodina,” or “Homeland,” by the band DDT.)
That WE post is a double blessing, since it also has a link to this amazing story from Eric Naiman. I’d heard about the Dickens-Dostoevskii hoax from Sarah J. Young’s blog and on SEELANGS (both of which are mentioned in the article), but I can’t believe how complicated it got and I’m glad Naiman was interested enough to follow it so far.