Notes from the Underground
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In Fyodor Dostoevsky’s 1864 novel Notes From the Underground, a hermitic man puts forth his personal recollections, thoughts, and ideas. In the first part of this astonishing work, the unnamed narrator—the underground man, as he is called—discusses his views on human nature, talking about themes of suffering, pain, justice, and revenge. The novel’s second half allows us to witness the underground man in the outside world, struggling to relate to his fellow men and women. Trapped under the weight of his powerful emotions and fears, the underground man’s story reveals the difficulty of the human condition for those who share his plight—plagued by intense feelings, capable of kindness and sympathy for others, but misunderstood by society. Dostoevsky’s work is powerful and moving, a classic testament to the poignant humanity of the sort of person that so often goes unnoticed and ignored by those “above ground.”
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From the background of a difficult childhood and a lifelong compassion for the suffering of those around him, Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) came to write novels that delve into the mysteries of the psyche. Throughout his works, which include The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and Notes From the Underground, whether writing of men or women, rich or poor, benevolent or criminal, Dostoevsky seeks to explore and question the desires, fears, and hopes that characterize the human experience.Back to top
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concerning certain events in his life. --AUTHOR'S NOTE.
I am a sick man. ... I am a spiteful man. I am an unattractive man. I believe my liver is diseased. However, I know nothing at all about my disease, and do not know for certain what ails me. I don't consult a doctor for it, and ...
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