Notes from Underground

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Notes from Underground

By Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky; Dostoyevsky; Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Oneworld Classics, Paperback, 9781847491619, 160pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2011

Description
A new translation of one of the most popular classics of Russian literature by the author of "Crime and Punishment" and "The Brothers Karamazov"The unnamed narrator of the novel, a former government official, has decided to retire from the world and lead a life of inactivity and contemplation. His fiercely bitter, cynical, and witty monologue ranges from general observations and philosophical musings to memorable scenes from his own lifeincluding his obsessive plans to exact petty revenge on an officer who has shown him disrespect and a dramatic encounter with a prostitute. Seen by many as the first existentialist novel and showcasing the best of Dostoevsky's dry humor, "Notes from Under the Floorboards" was a pivotal moment in the development of modern literature and has inspired countless novelists, thinkers, and filmmakers.


About the Author




Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a Russian novelist, short story writer and essayist whose literary works explored human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual context of nineteenth-century Russia. A student of the Nikolayev Military Engineering Institute, Dostoyevsky initially worked as an engineer, but began translating books to earn extra money. The publication of his first novel, Poor Folk, allowed him to join St. Petersburg s literary circles. A prolific writer, Dostoyevsky is best known for work from the latter part of his career, including the classic novels Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. Dostoyevsky s influence extends to authors as diverse as Anton Chekhov, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and Jean-Paul Sartre, among many others. He died in 1881.