And not about trivial shit either, but about big, important conditions of life and how best to view and react to them. I have "should" italicized in that first sentence for a reason:
Share via Email Fyodor Dostoevsky: Hulton Getty The "underground" of the mind is the treacherous terrain into which Dostoevsky here delves deep, exposing its most buried fears and desires. The novel was first published in Russia in and this excellent Canongate Canons edition has an enlightening and entertaining introduction by DBC Pierre assessing "the scale of this little book" and elucidating how "Dostoevsky dropped a pill into the middle of the 19th century and the thing is still fizzing: What makes a book a classic?
DBC Pierre explores how, in capturing the "curious machinations of the mind", Dostoevsky an author "as sensitive as a synapse" is distinct from Russian novelists hitherto more concerned with action: This novel still resonates, too, because the themes addressed are "the seedlings of the themes of our day — industrialism, utopianism, western markets, the grip of science and technology on truth".
The "Underground Man" is a year-old former civil servant, an unreliable narrator who — in spite of himself — is "intoxicated with spite". The lower this alienated antihero sinks, the loftier his intellectual pontifications, critiquing contemporary philosophies on rationalism and free will.
But why does he also love destruction and chaos so passionately? The second part of the book tells the engrossing story leading to his seclusion. He is "burdened with one ancient memory" and hopes that in writing it down it will "let go" of him.
As a year-old, his life is "gloomy, untidy and solitary to a savage extent" and he yearns to be on an "equal social footing". After a humiliating social occasion with old schoolfriends, he pursues them seeking revenge, meeting instead the year-old prostitute Liza by whom he is both attracted and repelled.
In his attempts at social — and moral — climbing, he digs himself into an ever deeper hole. Dostoevsky chips away at complex human motivation with persuasive stylistic tools, succeeding in being hilarious and heart-rending in a single sentence after all, "mankind is a comical construction"captured in this beautiful translation by Natasha Randall.His justification for writing these Notes from Underground is that every man has some memory which he wishes to purge from his being, and the Underground Man is going to tell his most oppressing memory.
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/5(). Fyodor Dostoevski’s Notes from the Underground has two sections, which at first reading are only obliquely related.
Part 1 begins: “I am a sick man . 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/5().
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