The Dream of a Ridiculous Man


Going from ridiculous to “madman” is a rise in his social position
He is laughed at, absurd, and proud
And concludes nothing in the world makes any difference
He decides to kill himself with an excellent gun
A shabbily dressed eight-year-old girl runs to him on the street in despair
Her Mummy is dying someplace nearby
He shouts and sends the trembling child away
Goes home that dismal November 3, examines his conscience and has a dream that reveals Truth
He travels through black space with the help of a being
Delights to see the sun
And goes to “an earth unstained by the Fall”
The people are happy: innocent and beautiful and love each other
They have no desires and are at peace
They commune with nature and the stars
But he exposes them to corruption: voluptuousness, jealousy, cruelty, sorrow, suffering, crime, and violence
He weeps for them and wants crucifixion and martyrdom, but wakes from the dream
And decided to preach truth and love of neighbor
And finds the little girl

The short story “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man” was written by Fyodor Dostoevsky in 1877.

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GK Stritch is a contributor to Beatdom and the author of CBGB Was My High School. The book is available at the St. Mark's Bookshop, New York City, and and

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