Notes from Underground the Double

Like Notes from Underground, this is a masterly study of human consciousness.Jessie Coulson’s introduction discusses the stories’ critical reception and the themes they share with Dostoyevksy’s great novels.

Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780140442526

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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‘It is best to do nothing! The best thing is conscious inertia! So long live the underground!’Alienated from society and paralysed by a sense of his own insignificance, the anonymous narrator of Dostoyevsky’s groundbreaking Notes from Underground tells the story of his tortured life. With bitter sarcasm, he describes his refusal to become a worker in the ‘ant-hill’ of society and his gradual withdrawal to an existence ‘underground’. The seemingly ordinary world of St Petersburg takes on a nightmarish quality in The Double when a government clerk encounters a man who exactly resembles him – his double perhaps, or possibly the darker side of his own personality. Like Notes from Underground, this is a masterly study of human consciousness.Jessie Coulson’s introduction discusses the stories’ critical reception and the themes they share with Dostoyevksy’s great novels.

Notes from the Underground

Darkly fascinating short novel depicts the struggles of a doubting, supremely alienated protagonist in a world of relative values.

Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048627053X

Category: Fiction

Page: 91

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Darkly fascinating short novel depicts the struggles of a doubting, supremely alienated protagonist in a world of relative values. Seminal work introduced moral, religious, political and social themes that dominated Dostoyevsky’s later masterworks. Constance Garnett’s authoritative translation is reprinted here, with a new introduction.

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

The Double

Most significant of the Russian novelist's early stories (1846) offers straight-faced treatment of hallucinatory theme. Golyadkin senior is ruthlessly persecuted by Golyadkin junior, his double in almost every respect.

Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher: Midland Books

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

Page: 254

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Most significant of the Russian novelist's early stories (1846) offers straight-faced treatment of hallucinatory theme. Golyadkin senior is ruthlessly persecuted by Golyadkin junior, his double in almost every respect.

Notes from Underground White Nights The Dream of a Ridiculous Man and Selections from The House of the Dead

Collects several stories and features "Notes from Underground," in which the narrator leaves his life as an official and goes underground, where he makes obsessive observations on utopianism and the irrational nature of humankind.

Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780451529558

Category: Fiction

Page: 237

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Collects several stories and features "Notes from Underground," in which the narrator leaves his life as an official and goes underground, where he makes obsessive observations on utopianism and the irrational nature of humankind.

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: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1678004146

Category: Fiction

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

Notes from Underground

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.

Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307784649

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

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Dostoevsky’s most revolutionary novel, Notes from Underground marks 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.

Notes from Underground

From the award-winning translators of Crime and Punishment, Richard Pevear and Larissa VolokhonskyThe apology and confession of a minor mid-19th-century Russian official, Notes from Underground is a half-desperate, half-mocking political c ...

Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 009914011X

Category: Political fiction, Russian

Page: 136

View: 813

From the award-winning translators of Crime and Punishment, Richard Pevear and Larissa VolokhonskyThe apology and confession of a minor mid-19th-century Russian official, Notes from Underground is a half-desperate, half-mocking political c

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: Digireads.com 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.

The Underground Railroad Television Tie In

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia.

Author: Colson Whitehead

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 059331476X

Category: Fiction

Page: 313

View: 756

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. Their first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels.

The Double and the Gambler

The discovery of a mysterious doppelganger turns Goliadkin's life upside down in The Double, while the psychological novel The Gambler combines aspects of two obsessions: the love of a rejecting woman and the fever of gambling, in an ...

Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0375719016

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 160

The discovery of a mysterious doppelganger turns Goliadkin's life upside down in The Double, while the psychological novel The Gambler combines aspects of two obsessions: the love of a rejecting woman and the fever of gambling, in an omnibus edition containing new translations of two masterful short novels. Reprint.

Notes from the Underground

A collection of powerful stories by one of the masters of Russian literature, illustrating the author's thoughts on political philosophy, religion and above all, humanity: Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, ...

Author: Dostoyevsky Fyodor

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781537028750

Category:

Page: 126

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A collection of powerful stories by one of the masters of Russian literature, illustrating the author's thoughts on political philosophy, religion and above all, humanity: Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead (150th Anniversary Edition) The compelling works presented in this volume were written at distinct periods in Dostoyevsky's life, at decisive moments in his groping for a political philosophy and a religious answer. From the primitive peasant who kills without understanding that he is destroying life to the anxious antihero of Notes from Underground-who both craves and despises affection-the writer's often-tormented characters showcase his evolving outlook on our fate.

Notes from the Underground and Other Stories

A collection of Dostoevsky's short stories, including Notes From The Underground which is considered to be one of the first works of existential literature.

Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781840225778

Category: Russia

Page: 720

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With an Introduction and Notes by David Rampton, Department of English, University of Ottowa. 'Notes from Underground and Other Stories' is a comprehensive collection of Dostoevsky's short fiction. Many of these stories, like his great novels, reveal his special sympathy for the solitary and dispossessed, explore the same complex psychological issues and subtly combine rich characterisation and philosophical meditations on the (often) dark areas of the human psyche, all conveyed in an idiosyncratic blend of deadly seriousness and wild humour. In 'Notes from Underground', the Underground Man casually dismantles utilitarianism and celebrates in its stead a perverse but vibrant masochism. 'A Christmas Tree and a Wedding' recounts the successful pursuit of a young girl by a lecherous old man. In 'Bobok', one Ivan Ivanovitch listens in on corpses gossiping in a cemetery and ends up deploring their depravity. In 'A Gentle Spirit', the narrator describes his dawning recognition that he is responsible for his wife's suicide. In short, as a commentator on spiritual stagnation, Dostoevsky has no equal. AUTHOR: Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) is a Russian novelist. Of his eleven novels, his three most famous were written later in life: 'Crime and Punishment', 'The Idiot' and 'The Brothers Karamazov'. His books have been translated into over 170 languages, and have sold over 15 million copies.

Notes from the Underground Annotated Notes from the Underground

The first story concerns an officer who greatly offended our narrator by...taking him by the shoulders and moving him out of the way one night in a tavern. (The horror!) The Underground Man harbors his spite for years and plots revenge, ...

Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher:

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Page: 130

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The Underground Man, our first-person narrator, begins by telling us how hateful and unattractive he is. It seems he's been living "underground" for 20 years, unable to act in any way because he's so intelligent he can debunk any justification for doing so. Intelligent men, he says, can never become anything - and he himself is the case in point.The Underground Man reveals that he is 40 years old and living in St. Petersburg, Russia. He used to be a civil servant, but he inherited some money and retired, all the more time for discoursing on his life's many problems. Despite his surroundings of mire and filth, he sometimes experiences attacks of "the sublime and beautiful," American Beauty-style moments where is taken by the awe-inspiring things of the world (art, philosophy, love). His narration takes the form of a retort - he imagines his reader responding to his absurd claims, so he fills in our half of the conversation and then responds in turn.His first big argument concerns free will and the laws of nature. He chooses 2+2=4 to represent all the laws of reason, and asks how we can all be free if we have to accept 2+2=4, even if want it to equal five. A normal man, a man of action, will just accept it, but he, a man of hyper-consciousness, cannot.Next we move to the subject of suffering. Suffering, the Underground Man argues, is enjoyable, particularly when you're conscious of it. For instance, when he knows he's at rock bottom and has no chance of ever getting better, he takes pleasure in that.Intentional suffering, he later explains, has a lot to do with free will and the laws of nature that we've already mentioned. The Underground Man considers that we may someday figure out all the laws of nature, and then be able to predict what everyone will do, think, and want. Were this to happen, he predicts, man would just go mad to escape the determinism. If you tell man that he will act according to reason, that he will always pursue his best interests, he will consciously act against that just because he can. Man will cause destruction and chaos to prove that he has free will.The Underground Man uses this as a reason to reject the idea of a perfect socialist society referred to as "Crystal Palace." Free will doesn't allow it, and besides, he would resent a structure which he couldn't deride. He also argues that man loves building things, not having a finished product. We wouldn't be satisfied with perfection, because there would be nothing left to do.As Part I draws to a close, the Underground Man tells us that he will never have readers; his audience will always be imaginary.We move into Part II, which is made up of the Underground Man's reminiscences back to when he was 24 years old. Before the flashbacks start, however, he complains for a while about Romanticism. He dislikes silly, cloud-gazing romantics from France and Germany. To him, Russian romantics are a very different sort, capable of appreciating the sublime and beautiful, but still rooted in reality. He seems to fancy himself one of these Russian romantics, and often indulges in literary fantasies of the sublime and beautiful.Now onto his memories. The first story concerns an officer who greatly offended our narrator by...taking him by the shoulders and moving him out of the way one night in a tavern. (The horror!) The Underground Man harbors his spite for years and plots revenge, deciding to bump into the officer intentionally while walking along the Nevsky (the major central street in St. Petersburg). The plotting and planning drags on, and when the bump finally goes down, the Underground Man gets the worst of it as the officer doesn't even notice.The next story (this is another flashback of the young Underground Man) involves a going-away dinner for an alpha-male named Zverkov whom, big surprise, the Underground Man hates. The Underground man invites himself along to the dinner, thrown by several mutual friends, and makes...


Our Band Could Be Your Life

The definitive chronicle of underground music in the 1980s tells the stories of Black Flag, Sonic Youth, The Replacements, and other seminal bands whose DIY revolution changed American music forever.

Author: Michael Azerrad

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316247189

Category: Music

Page: 528

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The definitive chronicle of underground music in the 1980s tells the stories of Black Flag, Sonic Youth, The Replacements, and other seminal bands whose DIY revolution changed American music forever. Our Band Could Be Your Life is the never-before-told story of the musical revolution that happened right under the nose of the Reagan Eighties -- when a small but sprawling network of bands, labels, fanzines, radio stations, and other subversives re-energized American rock with punk's do-it-yourself credo and created music that was deeply personal, often brilliant, always challenging, and immensely influential. This sweeping chronicle of music, politics, drugs, fear, loathing, and faith is an indie rock classic in its own right. The bands profiled include: Sonic Youth Black Flag The Replacements Minutemen Husker Du Minor Threat Mission of Burma Butthole Surfers Big Black Fugazi Mudhoney Beat Happening Dinosaur Jr.

The Man Who Lived Underground

After signing a confession, he escapes from custody and flees into the city’s sewer system. This is the devastating premise of this scorching novel, a never-before-seen masterpiece by Richard Wright.

Author: Richard Wright

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062971468

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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“The Man Who Lived Underground reminds us that any ‘greatest writers of the 20th century’ list that doesn’t start and end with Richard Wright is laughable. It might very well be Wright’s most brilliantly crafted, and ominously foretelling, book.” —Kiese Laymon A major literary event: an explosive, previously unpublished novel about race and violence in America by the legendary author of Native Son and Black Boy Fred Daniels, a Black man, is picked up by the police after a brutal double murder and tortured until he confesses to a crime he did not commit. After signing a confession, he escapes from custody and flees into the city’s sewer system. This is the devastating premise of this scorching novel, a never-before-seen masterpiece by Richard Wright. Written between his landmark books Native Son (1940) and Black Boy (1945), at the height of his creative powers, it would see publication in Wright's lifetime only in drastically condensed and truncated form, and ultimately be included in the posthumous short story collection Eight Men (1961). Now, for the first time, by special arrangement with the author’s estate, the full text of the work that meant more to Wright than any other (“I have never written anything in my life that stemmed more from sheer inspiration”) is published in the form that he intended, complete with his companion essay, “Memories of My Grandmother.” Malcolm Wright, the author’s grandson, contributes an afterword.

THE MOONSTONE

In this series, you will find a wide range of books—from popular classics like the works of Shakespeare and Charlotte Brontë to rare gems by the likes of Edith Wharton and James Fenimore Cooper.

Author: Wilkie Collins

Publisher: Notion Press

ISBN: 1685231624

Category: Fiction

Page: 284

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Notion Press proudly brings to you timeless classics from ancient texts to popular modern classics. This carefully chosen collection of books is a celebration of literature, our tribute to the pioneers, the legends and the giants of the literary world. Apart from being the voice of indie writers, we also want to introduce every reader to read all kinds of literature. In this series, you will find a wide range of books—from popular classics like the works of Shakespeare and Charlotte Brontë to rare gems by the likes of Edith Wharton and James Fenimore Cooper.


Mark Z Danielewski s House of Leaves

A family relocates to a small house on Ash Tree Lane and discovers that the inside of their new home seems to be without boundaries

Author: Mark Z. Danielewski

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 0375420525

Category: Fiction

Page: 709

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A family relocates to a small house on Ash Tree Lane and discovers that the inside of their new home seems to be without boundaries