Notes from the Underground

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Translator: Constance Garnett


Notes from Underground is a novella written in 1864 by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and is considered by many to be one of the first existentialist novels. 
The novella presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator (generally referred to by critics as the Underground Man), who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg. The first part of the story is told in monologue form through the Underground Man's diary, and attacks contemporary Russian philosophy, especially Nikolay Chernyshevsky's What Is to Be Done?. The second part of the book, called "Apropos of the Wet Snow", describes certain events that appear to be destroying and sometimes renewing the underground man, who acts as a first person, unreliable narrator and anti-hero.
Excerpted from Notes from the Underground on Wikipedia.

person AuthorFyodor Dostoevsky
language CountryRussia
api GenrePolitical fictionPsychological fiction
copyright CopyrightPublic domain in the United States.
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