Notes from Underground
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Dostoevsky’s most revolutionary novel, Notes from Underground marks the dividing line between nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, and between the visions of self each century embodied. One of the most remarkable characters in literature, the unnamed narrator... show more
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Dostoevsky’s most revolutionary novel, Notes from Underground marks the dividing line between nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, and between the visions of self each century embodied. One of the most remarkable characters in literature, the unnamed narrator is a former official who has defiantly withdrawn into an underground existence. In full retreat from society, he scrawls a passionate, obsessive, self-contradictory narrative that serves as a devastating attack on social utopianism and an assertion of man’s essentially irrational nature.Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, whose Dostoevsky translations have become the standard, give us a brilliantly faithful edition of this classic novel, conveying all the tragedy and tormented comedy of the original.From the Hardcover edition.
Publish date: September 1994
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Pages no: 136
Edition language: English
, Classic Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 19th Century
, Russian Literature
Honestly, I'm not really all that sure where to start with this story. I noticed that when I read it before I made a comment on how it can be pretty difficult to follow, but that is understandable considering it is written from the point of view of a man (which doesn't have a name by the way) lookin...
This one missed the mark for me. I think my lack of enjoyment for this book stems in part from the fact that I am reading it now, in my late 30s, rather than when I was younger. I've reached a point in my life where irredeemable (and in this case hyperconscious) characters hold little to no appeal f...
The first part of this book is filled with plenty of insights but in my opinion it was a bit tiring. The second part of the book however was everything you would expect from Dostoyevsky and was really great.
Everyone in this work is dispiritingly familiar, the unreliable narrator especially so. He is despicable, but arouses intense sympathy!