Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novels and stories delve deep into the mysteries of the mind. Characters grapple with the most basic questions of existence, including what it means to be moral, what it means to love, and what it means to be human. Exploring many of the same themes as in his longer works, these small masterpieces move from the tender and romantic „White Nights”, an archetypal nineteenth-century morality tale of pathos and loss, to the famous „Notes from the Underground”, a story of guilt, ineffectiveness, and uncompromising cynicism, and the first major work of existential literature. Among Dostoevsky’s prototypical characters is Yemelyan in „The Honest Thief”, whose tragedy turns on an inability to resist crime. The other stories include: „The Christmas Tree and Wedding”, „The Peasant Marey”, „A Gentle Creature”, „The Dream of a Ridiculous Man”. Each story is engaging, relatively short and told in a similar style, usually featuring a male narrator who is troubled, lonely, intelligent and narcissistic.