Notes from Underground

ISBN-10: 067973452X
ISBN-13: 9780679734529
Edition: 1993
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Book details

List price: $12.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/30/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Dostoevsky’s most revolutionary novel,Notes from Undergroundmarks 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 One of the most remarkable characters in literature, the unnamed narrator is a former official who has defiantly withdrawn into an underground existence.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.

One of the most powerful and significant authors in all modern fiction, Fyodor Dostoevsky was the son of a harsh and domineering army surgeon who was murdered by his own serfs (slaves), an event that was extremely important in shaping Dostoevsky's view of social and economic issues. He studied to be an engineer and began work as a draftsman. However, his first novel, Poor Folk (1846), was so well received that he abandoned engineering for writing. In 1849, Dostoevsky was arrested for being a part of a revolutionary group that owned an illegal printing press. He was sentenced to be executed, but the sentence was changed at the last minute, and he was sent to a prison camp in Siberia instead. By the time he was released in 1854, he had become a devout believer in both Christianity and Russia - although not in its ruler, the Czar. During the 1860's, Dostoevsky's personal life was in constant turmoil as the result of financial problems, a gambling addiction, and the deaths of his wife and brother. His second marriage in 1887 provided him with a stable home life and personal contentment, and during the years that followed he produced his great novels: Crime and Punishment (1886), the story of Rodya Raskolnikov, who kills two old women in the belief that he is beyond the bounds of good and evil; The Idiots (1868), the story of an epileptic who tragically affects the lives of those around him; The Possessed (1872), the story of the effect of revolutionary thought on the members of one Russian community; A Raw Youth (1875), which focuses on the disintegration and decay of family relationships and life; and The Brothers Karamazov (1880), which centers on the murder of Fyodor Karamazov and the effect the murder has on each of his four sons. These works have placed Dostoevsky in the front rank of the world's great novelists. Dostoevsky was an innovator, bringing new depth and meaning to the psychological novel and combining realism and philosophical speculation in his complex studies of the human condition.

Richard Pevear has produced acclaimed translations of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, & Bulgakov. The translation of "The Brothers Karamazov" won the 1991 PEN Book of the Month Club translation prize.

Larissa Volohonsky has produced acclaimed translations of Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Gogol, & Bulgakov. The translation of "The Brothers Karamazov" won the 1991 PEN Book of the Month Club translation prize.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
A Brief Note on the Translation
The Text of Notes from Underground
Backgrounds and Sources
Selected Letters from Fyodor Dostoevsky to Mikhail Dostoevsky (1859-64)
[Socialism and Christianity]
from Winter Notes on Summer Impressions
from Russian Nights
from "Hamlet of Shchigrovsk District"
from What Is to Be Done?
Responses
Parody
from "The Swallows"
Notes from the Overfed
Imitation/Inspiration
The Child
from The Invisible Man
from We
from "Erostratus"
Criticism
[Dostoevsky's Cruel Talent]
[Thought and Art in Notes from Underground]
[Dostoevsky and Nietzsche]
[Discourse in Dostoevsky]
Structure and Integration in Notes from the Underground
Notes on the Uses of Monologue in Artistic Prose
[Freedom in Notes from Underground]
[The Pun of Creativity; Double Determination]
The Formalistic Model: Notes from Underground
Notes from Underground
[The Symbolic Game]
Fyodor Dostoevsky: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography

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