Uncle's Dream

Fyodor DOSTOYEVSKY (1821 - 1881), translated by Frederick WHISHAW (1854 - 1934)

Uncle’s Dream by Fyodor Dostoyevsky was written following his five year exile to Siberia where he was sent to serve in a hard labor camp. Following what could only have been a harrowing and harsh existence in Russia’s infamous prison for political and social prisoners, one would expect Dostoyevsky’s work to have been dark and bitter. Rather, Uncle’s Dream is a humorous and yet scathing commentary on Russian provincial high-society.

The story of elderly Prince K. who comes to visit the town of Mordasoff, lorded over by the imperious Maria Alexandrovna, is one of love, hate, deceit and greed. Standing reluctantly at Maria Alexandrovna’s side is her haughty daughter, Zina, who has few friends of her own. The prince’s companion and distant relative is Paul Mosgliakoff, suitor to Zina.

Maria Alexandrovna and Zina are the central characters in the charade to lure the senile prince into a marriage of convenience (not for him but for Maria Alexandrovna and Zina). They, and a host of lesser characters, are brought to life in full color by Dostoyevsky’s masterful wordsmithing. Uncle’s Dream is a must listen for any fan of not only Dostoyevsky, but of Russian literature and the “goings-on” of the Russian “upper crust.” (Summary by Greg Giordano)

Genre(s): Published 1800 -1900

Language: English

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Play 01 CHAPTER I. Greg Giordano
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Play 03 CHAPTER III. Greg Giordano
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Play 04 CHAPTER IV. Greg Giordano
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Play 07 CHAPTER VII. Greg Giordano
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Play 09 CHAPTER IX. Greg Giordano
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Play 10 CHAPTER X. Greg Giordano
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Play 11 CHAPTER XI. Greg Giordano
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Play 12 CHAPTER XII. Greg Giordano
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Play 13 CHAPTER XIII. Greg Giordano
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Play 14 CHAPTER XIV. Greg Giordano
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Play 15 CHAPTER XV. Greg Giordano
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