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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Tribeca Books (December 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936594676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936594672
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a canny work of literature... "Notes" is still a work of modern literature; it still can kick' The New Yorker --The New Yorker

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Russian author Doestoyevsky is renowned for his vital style of writing and timeless characters. An originator of Existentialism, he ingeniously depicted the social, political and economical conditions of Russia through the psychology of his characters.

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This is one of those books worth reading multiple times.
Mark D. Thomas
I love this book but beware, the translation is pretty poor on the one I bought (SoHo Books - unknown translator).
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All in all, I found Notes from the Underground to be a sheer delight -- and horror -- to read and mull over.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Salinas on February 23, 2011
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Fyodor Dostoevsky was an author renowned for his ability to portray the intricacies and sublime aspects of the human mind in a wholly unique and compelling manner. His characters exhibit such a fullness and vitality of verisimilitude that they seem to have more substance than your average next-door neighbor. In addition, he has long been considered a forerunner for the philosophical movement known as existentialism, where the focus lies solely on the colossal implications of human existence and the purpose of life (if any). So, it should come as no surprise that a novel from a man of these credentials is certain to pack a whollop for its readers.
Notes from the Underground is not only a masterpiece of Russian and existentialist literature, but all literature in general. I know, I know, "That's some high praise there, pal," you say, but go on -- give the book a try.
The first part of Notes serves as a monologue of sorts for the underground man (who is never named), and introduces themes and ideas that will play heavily in the second part of the novel. Weighty issues such as man's desire to always choose free will, even if it's not in his best interest but merely for the fact that he CAN choose free will; and the moral and intellectual estrangement of hyperconscious man from himself, are discussed here. I would be remiss not to say that the narrator is also probably going to be one of the most spiteful, self-loathing, and purely disgusting characters that you will ever meet in your literary life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Thomas on August 7, 2014
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This is my favorite piece of literature I have read thus far.

I am now personally convinced that Dostoevsky is the genius everyone claimed him to be.

Get ready to meet a paradoxical character who is idiosyncratic and universal, irrational and philosophical, to be pitied and to be honored, the most honest of liars, to be punished if he did not so cleverly and foolishly punish himself.

Until now:

I had never laughed so many times while reading.

I had never read a line in a book that made me laugh followed by another that said: "Don't laugh too soon."

I had never realized my estimation of other "great books" would go down.

This is one of those books worth reading multiple times.

Have fun.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By El Jefe on February 1, 2011
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As my title implies, this was my intro to Dostoyevsky. This was an interesting book, it was a bit off kilter from what I normally read, but I am thankful that day when, for what ever reason I decided to buy this book before all others. Call it divine providence. I liked this book more than I ever imagined I would, the first half was a bit disorienting since unlike most books I dove into the frigid waters of Russian literature head first. It was well worth the effort, and I mean it, if I don't Like a book enough to see it through, I have no issues with putting it down and seeing what is next. This was a rare treat, I don't know if I will ever make it to some of his meatier works, but after this I certainly hope so. This is about a character that has stayed with me for many years now, like a creepy neighbor you can't move away from but ever minute of your life you wish you could. It also in a strange way makes me appreciate my dental plan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janette C. Ellis on November 24, 2014
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This is a great book to introduce stream of consciousness writing. I was a bit apprehensive about having my 10th graders read it, but we read it aloud and at home using the "KWL" study method. Students did not love the book, but I feel have an understanding of both stream of consciousness and Dostoyevsky's writings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Link on December 26, 2014
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The text itself is great; it is a classic in existential literature, and it lives up to this. However, I implore you to look elsewhere for a copy. The one I received is a very, very poor translation, which shows many signs of being a bootleg. Get a different edition!
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