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The title can be translated from the Russian as meaning “little bean” and in the context of the story is taken to be synonymous with gibberish or nonsense.
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The title means ‘little bean’ and it is to be understood as ‘nothing’. The premise which sounds more Gogol with its supernaturality than Dostoevsky is that recently dead and buried don’t lose their consciousness but talk to each other lying in their graves during nights.
What will they talk about? I guess different authors will have them behave in different ways – some will have them repent. But Dostoevsky will have them talk about their sins and take pride in their base acts, all the more now t The title means ‘little bean’ and it is to be understood as ‘nothing’.
But Dostoevsky will have them talk about their sins and take pride in their base acts, all the more now that they don’t have to fear the law. I guess there is a very profound psychological observation in it.
We often say that respect is due to dead. But if such a thing as a soul, or some other form of consciousness exists, it must have the same desires as the living do, minus the ability to fulfil it. I’m pretty sure there must exist some kind of theory that what we call consciousness is nothing but awareness of our needs and desires. So, if some kind of consciousness was to survive death, it must have all those base desires as well. Why respect the dead then? If you are able to follow this reasoning till the end, than you are as insane as I am.
Nov 21, Florencia rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s fascinating how a writer can say so much in a few pages. Bobok is another excellent example of this writer’s talent to describe people’s virtues and miseries.
He wrote major works concerning the human condition, and they all seem to have been written yesterday. The bbook of all, in my opinion, is he who can, if only once a month, call himself a fool — a faculty unheard of nowadays.
In old days, once a year at any rate a fool would recognize that he was a fool, but nowadays not a bit of it.
And kind of funny. So, this book is about Ivan Ivanovitch, a frustrated writer that went to a funeral of some distant relative. He complained about the cemetery, the smell, green water, the smiles of the dead that haunt his dreams. Well, It’s a cemetery Then, he sat on a dostoevssky and dostoevsk to think about random stuff. Deep reflections about little details, I love that.
Suddenly, he began to hear a conversation. He was all alone and he heard a conversation.
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I’d drop dead and end up under some tombstone in a heartbeat. The last heartbeat, I guess. These dlstoevsky people were not quite dead. They were aware of everything that surrounded them. They played cards, they discussed among each other, they even shared anecdotes.
It’s an interesting yet disturbing theme. However, we can’t help to ask ourselves, during several moments of our lives, if death really is the final step or not. Personally, I wish dostoevskg was.
I don’t like some people here; Dostodvsky can’t imagine what it would be like to be in some cemetery, stuck with annoying people for three or four months and not being able to go away! Back to the book. Yes, their consciousness was active for about three, even six dostoevskh until they decomposed. That’s why these dead-not-so-dead people decided to spend those months as agreeable as possible. In order to do so, they were determined to cast aside dosfoevsky shame and be brutally honest.
Because lying is needed on Earth ; when you’re dead, why would you care, right? Anyway, their crazy conversations were a dpstoevsky to read. What this short story is trying to tell us—in my humble opinion—is that even dead, human beings are capable of depravity. These guys were willing to waste those months that were given to them, probably to think about their existence on Earth and find some sort of redemption. Instead, they wanted to keep partying. A party of shameless degradation they started while living!
The lowness of human condition appears even after death. I mean, meditation would be the right thing to do. But these people were freaking dead. Actually, they were about to be completely dead. So, it’s a tough call. View all 6 dostoevsoy. May 21, Maria Espadinha rated it really liked it. Smelly Bobom What a witty delicious short story: Bobok is somewhere between a cartoon and a tale.
Dostoyevsky makes fun of the russian society, comparing it with a bunch of smelly souls! I always thought of humour and Dostoyevsky as oil and water! Foi uma surpresa daquelas!!! View all 9 comments. Mar 11, Fernando rated it it was amazing. For those who like to reflect on what happens to our consciousness after we die – Dostoyevsky gives us a lot to think about in this lovely short story. Feb 20, Farya rated it liked it.
Bobok by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Depravity exists even when you are dead. Aug 09, Sergio R rated it really liked it Shelves: Bobok by Fyodor Dostoevsky When it comes to discussing truly great writers, one of the first names that inevitably come to my mind is Fyodor Dostoevsky. His extraordinary acumen of human nature and his wondrous ability to discern and vividly depict the psychological traits in human behavior are epitomized in his two best novels: Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov.
Nevertheless, many of his other less known works are just as insightful, poignant and more often than not, extremely engr Bobok by Fyodor Dostoevsky When it comes to discussing truly great writers, one of the first names that inevitably come to my mind is Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Nevertheless, many of his other less known works are just as insightful, poignant and more often than not, extremely engrossing. Such is the case of his short story Bobok. In this brief anecdote we find ourselves with what it might appear, at first, as the incoherent ramblings of a feverish man. Eventually the story acquires strength and once it gets hold of your mind it never lets go of it until the very last page, leaving you with an unquenchable thirst for more.
Bobok is the story of a man that, while attending the funeral of a distant relative of his, he happens to eavesdrop on a peculiar conversation. At first, social rank and decorum prevail in the interaction between the non-living, until a certain Baron decides to stir things up and proposes a change of things for the sake of enjoying the time they have left, before leaving our world for good. Through this witty anecdote, Dostoevsky concocts an utterly tantalizing idea, the notion that after death there is not precisely death, but a brief span of time in which consciousness dwells still and is fully aware of its environment.
There is a certain detail in the story that I found extremely interesting: While the story develops, both the narrator and the interred constantly complain of a redolent, foul smell that infects the whole cemetery. Although the dead have no sense of smell anymore, yet they claim to feel the stench; the possible explanation given to the reader is that the stench is a moral one, that is, the stench of the soul.
Here we have a clear purgatory allusion, the notion that the remnant consciousness of oneself, still has to own up to the dostoevsiy and shortcomings of its previous life.
Through its various characters, Bobok contains social criticism and satire, indicts several roles within the Russian society and touches upon the question that at least once has popped up in our minds: Sep 19, Zayar rated it it was amazing. Nowadays humour and a fine style have disappeared, and abuse is accepted as wit. I am thinking of making a collection of the bons mobs of Voltaire, but am afraid it may seem a little flat to our people. In old days, once a year at any rate a fool would recognise t Nowadays humour and a fine style have disappeared, and abuse is accepted as wit.