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Notes from the Underground Paperback – December 14, 2010
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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HELP PLS! Can anyone tell me who did the translation please? Sorry - if it's there I can't find. Read that P&V not the better translation so have discounted both other versions. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Another User
Definitely Dostoyevsky! Dark. Great read! If you like Dostoyevsky, I do recommend.Published on July 9, 2014 by Candice