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Notes from Underground

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ISBN-10: 067942315X

ISBN-13: 9780679423157

Edition: N/A

Authors: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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"I am a sick man . . . I am a spiteful man," the irascible voice of a nameless narrator cries out. And so, from underground, emerge the passionate confessions of a suffering man; the brutal self-examination of a tormented soul; the bristling scorn and iconoclasm of alienated individual who has become one of the greatest antiheroes in all literature. Notes From Underground, published in 1864, marks a tuming point in Dostoevsky's writing: it announces the moral political, and social ideas he will treat on a monumental scale in Crime And Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov. And it remains to this day one of the most searingly honest and universal testaments to human despair ever penned. “The political cataclysms and cultural revolutions of our century…confirm the status of Notes from Underground as one of the most sheerly astonishing and subversive creations of European fiction.” –from the Introduction by Donald Fanger From the Paperback edition.
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List price: $20.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/27/1993
Binding: Hardcover
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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.

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