Notes from the Underground
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Notes from the Underground
by Dostoyevsky, Fyodor

Notes from the Underground is recounted from the perspective of an unnamed narrator who describes himself as sick, spiteful, and unattractive. His thoughts and his moods veer unpredictably as he reflects on the folly of idealism and the reality of human squalor and degradation.

The psychological power of the book is deeply rooted in the conflicts and contradictions that afflict the narrator―many of which seem to have afflicted Dostoevsky himself. Once attracted to idealistic and utopian notions, he subsequently found himself repelled by them. A passionate advocate of freedom, he had little confidence that humans could use freedom for good. The narrator of Notes from the Underground is not a unified self, but a self-contradictory character, like his author. His bewildering complexity and relentless self-analysis make him one of the most memorable and thought-provoking protagonists of modern literature.


Publication date: 2014

ISBN: URN:ISBN:9781503055582

OPAC reference: KOHA-OAI-BCP:8679

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