Notes From the Underground

Notes From the Underground

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Notes from Underground (Russian: Записки из подполья, Zapiski iz podpol'ya), also translated in English as Notes from the Underground or Letters from the Underworld, though Notes from Underground is the most literal translation (1864) is a short novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Although Søren Kierkegaard is considered the father of existentialism, he mostly wrote non-fictional philosophical and theological treatises, essays and discourses; the Notes is considered by many to be the world's first existentialist fictional novel. It presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator (generally referred to by critics as the Underground Man) who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg. The first part of the story is told in monologue form, or the underground man's diary, and attacks emerging Western philosophy, especially Nikolay Chernyshevsky's What Is to Be Done?. The second part of the book is called "Àpropos of the Wet Snow," and describes certain events that, it seems, are destroying, and sometimes renewing the underground man, who acts as a first person, unreliable narrator.

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BN ID: 2940012224521
Publisher: Mundus Publishing
Publication date: 02/18/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 338 KB

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Notes From the Underground 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
AdrianaCuratola More than 1 year ago
...buy this book. This was the first version I was able to understand where this guy was coming from. This is a classic, no doubt about it, but the main character is definitely not warm and cuddly.
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Julia Tindell More than 1 year ago
As always, Dostoyevsky displays in Notes from the Underground an understanding of humanity that is nothing short of the "sublime and beautiful." This was a fantastic read and I recommend it without reserve to lovers of the genre.
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