great Short Works of Fyodor Dostoevsky (Harper Perennial
The shorter works of one of the world's greatest writers, including The Gambler and Notes from Underground
The short works of Dostoevsky exist in the very large shadow of his astonishing longer novels, but they too are among literature's most revered works. The Gambler chronicles Dostoevsky's own addiction, which he eventually overcame. Many have argued that Notes from Underground contains several keys to understanding the themes of the longer novels, such as Crime and Punishment and The Idiot.