Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881), Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist, and philosopher.
Engaging with a variety of philosophical and religious themes, the works of Dostoevsky explore human psychology in the turbulent political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th-century Russia and engage with a variety of philosophical and religious themes.
The 1877 short story "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man" examines the experiences of a man who decides that life is worthless. Having fallen into nihilism and despair, he is determined to end his life. To that end, he has acquired a pistol. However, an encounter with a distressed young girl interferes with his plans. Back home, he eventually falls asleep, into a long lucid dream.…