Notes from Underground and the Double

Like Notes from Underground, this is a masterly tragi-comic study of human consciousness. Translated by Ronald Wilks with an Introduction by Robert Louis Jackson

Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141904097

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

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'That sense of the meaninglessness of existence that runs through much of twentieth-century writing - from Conrad and Kafka, to Beckett and beyond - starts in Dostoyevsky's work' Malcolm Bradbury Alienated from society and paralysed by a sense of his own insignificance, the anonymous narrator of Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground tells the story of his tortured life. With bitter irony, he describes his refusal to become a worker in the 'anthill' and his gradual withdrawal from society. The seemingly ordinary world of St Petersburg takes on a nightmarish quality in The Double when a government clerk encounters a man who looks exactly like him - his double perhaps, or possibly the darker side of his own personality. Like Notes from Underground, this is a masterly tragi-comic study of human consciousness. Translated by Ronald Wilks with an Introduction by Robert Louis Jackson

Notes from Underground the Double and Other Stories

The collection "Notes from Underground, The Double and Other Stories" is a must-read for anyone interested in psychological fiction or in the history of Russian literature.

Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher: Publishing

ISBN: 9781420947106

Category: Fiction

Page: 230

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Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky is best known for his psychological works of fiction. His characters and plots all carry psychosomatic troubles and problems that help make the stories more relatable to the reader. "Notes from Underground, The Double and Other Stories" combines some of Dostoyevsky's shorter works, though they certainly do not lack for depth. "Notes from Underground" is widely known as the first existential novel because of the raving, maniacal, and incoherent ramblings of its demented narrator. At the time, the Soviets despised the novel because of its critical nature toward a utopian society. This criticism was pointed at the government's attempts to create a Marxist society. Dostoyevsky believed that humans, even if they had perfection, would never be happy; this thought inspired many Western philosophers like Jean-Paul Sartre and Friedrich Nietzsche. The other stories included in the collection all follow the same style: "The Double," "White Nights," "The Meek Ones," and "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man" all follow loners in St. Petersburg as they slowly grow insane from isolation. These men fear rejection from their peers and contemporaries, so they distance themselves to the point of madness. However, these men are also ashamed of themselves for their inability to function within Russian society. The collection "Notes from Underground, The Double and Other Stories" is a must-read for anyone interested in psychological fiction or in the history of Russian literature.

Notes from Underground

" It is considered to be one of the first existentialist novels. With this book, Dostoevsky challenged the ideologies of his time, like nihilism and utopianism.

Author: Constance Garnett


ISBN: 9781672003605


Page: 170

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Notes from Underground is a fictional collection of memoirs written by a civil servant living alone in St. Petersburg. The man is never named and is generally referred to as the Underground Man. The "underground" in the book refers to the narrator's isolation, which he described in chapter 11 as "listening through a crack under the floor." It is considered to be one of the first existentialist novels. With this book, Dostoevsky challenged the ideologies of his time, like nihilism and utopianism. The Underground Man shows how idealized rationality in utopias is inherently flawed, because it doesn't account for the irrational side of humanity. This novel has had a big impact on many different works of literature and philosophy. It has influenced writers like Franz Kafka and Friedrich Nietzsche. A similar character is also found in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver. Notes from Underground was published in 1864 as the first four issues of Epoch, a Russian magazine by Fyodor and Mikhail Dostoevsky. Presented here is Constance Garnett's translation from 1918.

Notes from Underground

Living in Washington, D.C., decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, Jan recalls his life as a Czech dissident and his doomed love affair with the beautiful and mysterious Betka.

Author: Roger Scruton

Publisher: Beaufort Books

ISBN: 9780825307287

Category: Fiction

Page: 244

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Living in Washington, D.C., decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, Jan recalls his life as a Czech dissident and his doomed love affair with the beautiful and mysterious Betka.

Archetypes from Underground

Self as Vision of "Moments of Eternal Harmony"--CONCLUSION: Dostoevsky beyond Duality -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z

Author: Lonny Harrison


ISBN: 9781771122047

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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Self as Vision of "Moments of Eternal Harmony"--CONCLUSION: Dostoevsky beyond Duality -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Y -- Z

The Complete Works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky Notes from Underground Crime and Punishment The Idiot Demons The Brothers Karamazov

„A 'double' on the seven!“ The seven too was trumped. „Stop!“ cried Kalganov
suddenly. „Double! Double!“Mitya doubled his stakes, and each time he doubled
the stake, the card he doubled was trumped by the Poles. The rouble stakes kept

Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Publisher: Strelbytskyy Multimedia Publishing


Category: Fiction


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Brothers Mikhail and Fyodor Dostoyevsky dreamt about writing when they were young, but their father believed that writer’s work wouldn’t be able to provide material well-being for his sons, so he brought them to Petersburg in order to prepare them for entering the Main Engineer School. In Writer’s Diary Dostoevsky looks back to the journey to Petersburg “I was constantly composing the novel about Venice life”. Fyodor Dostoyevsky was admitted to be the classic of Russian literature and one of the best novelists of the world significance only after his death. His works influenced a lot the world literature, and the most famous novels of the writer were included to the best 100 books of the Norwegian book club. Contents: - The Idiot - Crime and Punishment - The Brothers Karamazov - The Insulted and the Injured - Notes from the Underground - The Grand Inquisitor - The Possessed - The Gambler - POOR FOLK - Uncle's Dream - THE PERMANENT HUSBAND - AN HONEST THIEF

Hatred and Civility

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground and The Double, trans. Jessie
Coulson (1864, first trans. 1913; Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1986), 15; original
ellipsis; trans. modified. Subsequent references give pagination in main text. 33.

Author: Christopher Lane

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231503903

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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To understand hatred and civility in today's world, argues Christopher Lane, we should start with Victorian fiction. Although the word "Victorian" generally brings to mind images of prudish sexuality and well-heeled snobbery, it has above all become synonymous with self-sacrifice, earnest devotion, and moral rectitude. Yet this idealized version of Victorian England is surprisingly scarce in the period's literature--and its journalism, sermons, poems, and plays--where villains, hypocrites, murderers, and cheats of all types abound.

Up from Bondage

5 UNDERGROUND NOTES Double - Voicedness and the Poetics of National
Identity Literary history sometimes produces the impression that a collective
identity has been encapsulated in one specific expressive form . It may well be
that ...

Author: Dale E. Peterson

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822325604

Category: Social Science

Page: 249

View: 583

The first systematic comparison of the emergence of cultural nationalism among Russian and African-American intellectuals in the post-emancipation era.

The Translator in the Text

The Double . ” In The Short Novels of Dostoevsky , translated by Constance
Garnett , introduction by Thomas Mann , 475 – 615 . New York : Dial Press , 1945
. " The Double . ” In Notes from Underground and The Double , translated by
Jessie ...

Author: Rachel May



Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 209

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What does it mean to read one nation's literature in another language? The considerable popularity of Russian literature in the English-speaking world rests almost entirely upon translations: the many competing versions of major works, and the continuing publication of new and revised translations, suggest the inherently complex interplay between language and literature. In The Translator of the Text Rachel May analyzes Russian literature in English translation, treating it less as a substitute for the original works than as a special subset of English literature, with its own cultural, stylistic, and narrative traditions. Using a blend of translation criticism, close reading, and linguistic analysis, the author explores the translator's role as mediator between cultures and among the voices within literary texts.

On Dostoevsky

The Double and Notes from Underground Here ' s a man on his way to
destruction , a man is losing his identity , and he can hardly control himself . . . . (
The Double ) [ A ] man , whoever he is , always and everywhere likes to act as he
chooses ...

Author: Susan Leigh Anderson

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 84

View: 526

This brief text assists students in understanding Dostoevsky's philosophy and thinking so they can more fully engage in useful, intelligent class dialogue and improve their understanding of course content. Part of the Wadsworth Notes Series, (which will eventually consist of approximately 100 titles, each focusing on a single "thinker" from ancient times to the present), ON DOSTOEVSKY is written by a philosopher deeply versed in the philosophy of this key thinker. Like other books in the series, this concise book offers sufficient insight into the thinking of a notable philosopher, better enabling students to engage in reading and to discuss the material in class and on paper.

The Little Demon

In addition, he has also translated The Shooting Party, Chekhov's only full-length
novel, as well as Notes from Underground and The Double by Dostoyevsky, all
for Penguin. Pamela Davidson is Professor of Russian literature at UCL ...

Author: Fyodor Sologub

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141392940

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 856

A dark classic of Russia's silver age, this blackly funny novel recounts a schoolteacher's descent into sadism, arson and murder. Mad, lascivious, sadistic and ridiculous, the provincial schoolteacher Peredonov torments his students and has hallucinatory fantasies about acts of savagery and degradation, yet to everyone else he is an upstanding member of society. As he pursues the idea of marrying to gain promotion, he descends into paranoia, sexual perversion, arson, torture and murder. Sologub's anti-hero is one of the great comic monsters of twentieth-century fiction, subsequently lending his name to the brand of sado-masochism known as Peredonovism. The Little Demon (1907) made an immediate star of its author who, refuting suggestions that the work was autobiographical, stated 'No, my dear contemporaries ... it is about you'. This grotesque mirror of a spiritually bankrupt society is arguably the finest Russian novel to have come out of the Symbolist movement. Fyodor Sologub was born in St Petersburg in 1863. His first two novels Bad Dreams (1896) and The Little Demon (1907) were drawn from his own experiences as schoolmaster in a remote provincial town. For many years Sologub could not find a publisher for The Little Demon but when in 1907 the novel was at last published - to immediate and resounding success - he was able to leave his restricting career and devote himself to literature. In 1921 his wife committed suicide and Sologub died a few years later in 1927. Ronald Wilks studied Russian language and literature at Trinity College,Cambridge, after training as a Naval interpreter, and later Russian literature at London University. He has translated many works from Russian for Penguin Classics, including books by Gorky, Gogol, Pushkin, Tolstoy and Chekhov.

Reference Guide to Russian Literature

... zapiski, 2(1846); translated as “The Double”, by Constance Garnett,inThe
Novels, 1917; alsoby Jessie Coulson, in Notes from Underground. The Double,
1972; asThe Double: Two Versions, by Evelyn Harden, Ann Arbor, Ardis, 1985.

Author: Neil Cornwell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134260776

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1012

View: 918

First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Referring to the four major novels, the author illustrates how Dostoevsky's understanding of suffering, guilt, repentance, paranoia and religious terrors has proved relevant in today's unbelieving age.


Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1349195510


Page: 147

View: 483

The Reader s Adviser

42.50 Notes from Underground and Selected Stories : White Nights , Dream of a
Ridiculous Man , House of the Dead . Trans . by Andrew R. MacAndrew , New
Amer . Lib . ( Signet Class . ) pap . $ 2.25 Notes from Underground and The
Double ...




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The Problem with Pleasure

Rachel Low notes that in 1934, “the first group of classroom films to be issued in
Britain, were Shakespeare, ... Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground, The
Double, and Other 270 4. huxley's feelIes: eNgINeered pleasure IN brave New ...

Author: Laura Frost

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231526466

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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Aldous Huxley decried "the horrors of modern 'pleasure,'" or the proliferation of mass produced, widely accessible entertainment that could degrade or dull the mind. He and his contemporaries, including James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, Gertrude Stein, D. H. Lawrence, and Jean Rhys, sought to radically redefine pleasure, constructing arduous and indirect paths to delight through their notoriously daunting work. Laura Frost follows these experiments in the art of unpleasure, connecting modernism's signature characteristics, such as irony, allusiveness, and obscurity, to an ambitious attempt to reconfigure bliss. In The Problem with Pleasure, Frost draws upon a wide variety of materials, linking interwar amusements, such as the talkies, romance novels, the Parisian fragrance Chanel no. 5, and the exotic confection Turkish Delight, to the artistic play of Joyce, Lawrence, Stein, Rhys, and others. She considers pop cultural phenomena and the rise of celebrities such as Rudolph Valentino and Gypsy Rose Lee against contemporary sociological, scientific, and philosophical writings on leisure and desire. Throughout her study, Frost incorporates recent scholarship on material and visual culture and vernacular modernism, recasting the period's high/low, elite/popular divides and formal strategies as efforts to regulate sensual and cerebral experience. Capturing the challenging tensions between these artists' commitment to innovation and the stimulating amusements they denounced yet deployed in their writing, Frost calls attention to the central role of pleasure in shaping interwar culture.

Dostoevsky s Notes from Underground

therefore hardly surprising that some of the motifs from The Double have found
their way into Notes from Underground ( the St Petersburg background of sleet ;
the hero's desire to hide in a ' mousehole ' ; his truculent sense of inferiority
before ...

Author: Richard Peace

Publisher: Bristol Classical Press


Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 113

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A Volume in the Critical Studies in Russian Studies Series

Bottled Notes from Underground

The people in the nightmare are moving to the rhythm of a double - speed film .
Their voices are high - pitched and screechy . Their speech sounds like a tape
being played at twice the normal speed . The whole scene gives the feeling of a
film ...

Author: Carole Braverman



Category: English drama

Page: 309

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A collection of plays from London, New York and Israel: The Yiddish Trojan Women by Carole Braveman; LOUIS/lui by Marion Baraitser; Sonja Linden's The Strange Passenger; The Eleventh Commandment by David Schneider; and Joshua Sobol's The Palestinian Girl.