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Notes from Underground & The Double - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Jesse Coulson
Notes from Underground & The Double
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‘It is best to do nothing! The best thing is conscious inertia! So long live the underground!’ Alienated from society and paralysed by a sense of his own insignificance, the anonymous narrator of Dostoyevsky’s groundbreaking Notes from Underground tells the story of his tortured life. With... show more
‘It is best to do nothing! The best thing is conscious inertia! So long live the underground!’ Alienated from society and paralysed by a sense of his own insignificance, the anonymous narrator of Dostoyevsky’s groundbreaking Notes from Underground tells the story of his tortured life. With bitter sarcasm, he describes his refusal to become a worker in the ‘ant-hill’ of society and his gradual withdrawal to an existence ‘underground’. The seemingly ordinary world of St Petersburg takes on a nightmarish quality in The Double when a government clerk encounters a man who exactly resembles him – his double perhaps, or possibly the darker side of his own personality. Like Notes from Underground, this is a masterly study of human consciousness. Jessie Coulson’s introduction discusses the stories’ critical reception and the themes they share with Dostoyevksy’s great novels. @TweetsFromUndegrnd An officer pushed me at a bar. I will find this pizda son of a bitch and maybe murder him slowly. I’m a bit of a sociopath, aren’t I? From Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140442526 (0140442529)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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Edward
Edward rated it
5.0 Notes from Underground & The Double
Translator's Introduction--Notes From Underground--The DoubleChronology
Edward
Edward rated it
5.0 Notes from Underground & The Double
Translator's Introduction--Notes From Underground--The DoubleChronology
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
3.5 Two of Dostoyevski's shorter works
I'm glad that I'm not the only person that found this book hard to follow at times, but since it is a collection of thoughts from a man who is trapped in his own feelings of self-worthlessness it is understandable. Dostoyevsky is a writer that one needs to be able to focus on to be able to read and ...
wealhtheow
wealhtheow rated it
Hey wait, are you a misanthrope? Do you feel betrayed and disappointed with life? Are you a bitter, bitter man? Why narrator, I never would have guessed! Why don't you spend the next hundred pages telling me about it? That sounds like loads of fun.
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