I recently picked up Fyodor Dostoevsky's Greatest Short Stories (also progressing albeit slowly on my study books). The story I started with is titled 'White Nights' and the basic plot is about a man aged 26, living in Petersburg (St.?) who has never dated a woman in his entire life and suddenly has this chance encounter with an amazing woman during one of his lonely walks around the city in the middle of the night. My first foray into existential literature - I must say it strikes me as very honest and interesting. I especially liked the bits about how a person leads an almost detached existence amidst so many people around her/him in the big city.