Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) was a noted Russian writer of novels, short stories and essays. The second of seven children, Dostoyevsky was born into a devout Christian family and grew up on the grounds of Mariinsky Hospital, where his father was a doctor. A budding intellectual, Dostoyevsky was exiled to Siberia in 1849 for alleged anti-Tsarist activities. His formative exposure to the poor and oppressed in Moscow and his exile to Siberia profoundly shaped his writing.
Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevskyby Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND is a rambling memoir of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg. The narrator attacks many aspects of contemporary Russian society, as well as emerging Western philosophy, especially Nikolay Chernyshevsky's What Is to Be Done? In later parts of the work the narrator, who becomes increasingly erratic and unreliable, seems to be in both decline and in a state of renewal as he seeks revenge against several people who have slighted him.
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