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Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky (15)

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Kindle: 918 KB
  • Publisher: Amazon Classics (Nov. 21 2017)
  • ISBN: 9781985811201
  • ASIN: B0756XHTQ5

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Isolated from society in a tenement basement in St. Petersburg, a malicious former civil servant vents his resentments. In the rambling notes that follow, we are exposed to the inner turmoil of the Underground Man, who represents the voice of his generation. An emotional, paranoid knot of contradictions, the spiteful narrator is also desperate to join a society he loathes, if only to prove his superiority to it.
Exploring themes of free will versus determinism, Dostoyevsky’s existential exploration was written to challenge increasingly popular Western egoist philosophies. In the Underground Man, he found the embodiment of the antihero, whose behavior—like all human behavior—defies rationalization.
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Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (11 November 1821 – 9 February 1881), sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. Dostoyevsky's literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th-century Russia. Many of his works are marked by a preoccupation with Christianity, explored through the prism of the individual confronted with life's hardships and beauty.







REVIEW:
Interesting and humorous.
This guy sits alone and decides to write down all his vents and vexations against every one and every thing under the sun. I actually laughed at his ramblings, and nodded in agreement as I found it ironic to be happening still today. I even became baffled at one point by what exactly his problem was. Still I was pretty enthralled. For being written in the 1860's, I was amazed at how drawn into the writing I was. 
It may not be the most magical read I have ever read, but it was so far from what I usually read. Still, I am glad to have read it.


3/5




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  1. Just read this for my lit course. It is quite special I found. My first thought was, if you are not depressed before, you will be once you read this! However, it has so many layers and maybe one has to understand the times in which it was written. Sometimes I just wanted to shake the man and scream: "Snap out of it!" Would not have helped of course. I have read Crime and Punishment and loved it. Will someday go for The Idiot and The Karamazov Brothers.

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