Notes from the Underground

Notes from the Underground Author Fyodor Dostoyevsky
ISBN-10 9783736802575
Year 2017-05-22
Pages 177
Language en
Publisher BookRix

Notes from the Underground is a novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Notes is considered by many to be the first existentialist novel. It 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, or the underground man's diary, and attacks emerging Western philosophy, especially Nikolay Chernyshevsky's What Is to Be Done?. The second part of the book is called "Àpropos of the Wet Snow", and describes certain events that, it seems, are destroying and sometimes renewing the underground man, who acts as a first person, unreliable narrator. Dostoyevsky again confronts the concept of free will and constructs a negative argument to validate free will against determinism in the character Kirillov's suicide in his novel The Demons. Notes from Underground marks the starting point of Dostoyevsky's move from psychological and sociological themed novels to novels based on existential and general human experience in crisis. War is described as people's rebellion against the assumption that everything needs to happen for a purpose, because humans do things without purpose, and this is what determines human history. The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche called Dostoevsky "the only psychologist, incidentally, from whom I had anything to learn."

Notes from Underground and the Grand Inquisitor

Notes from Underground and the Grand Inquisitor Author Fyodor Dostoyevsky
ISBN-10 UCSC:32106019700639
Year 2003-11-18
Pages 238
Language en
Publisher E P Dutton

Dostoevsky's influence on the modern literary mind is unrivaled in its scope and vitality. Nowhere does his art appear in so quintessential a form as in Notes from Underground, certainly one of the most revolutionary and original works in world literature. Nowhere is his thought presented with such authority as in "The Grand Inquisitor," an episode of central importance taken from his last and greatest novel, The Brothers Karamazov. In both these vital works Dostoevsky confronts the reader with the tragic grandeur of man -- indeed, with a whole philosophy of tragedy -- the tragedy of the individual and freedom, the tragedy of historical progress, the tragedy of universal evil.

Notes from Underground

Notes from Underground Author Stephen Duncombe
ISBN-10 9781621062783
Year 2014-11-29
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Microcosm Publishing

Much history and theory is uncovered here in the first comprehensive study of zine publishing. From their origins in early 20th century science fiction cults, their more proximate roots in ‘60s counter-culture and their rapid proliferation in the wake of punk rock, Stephen Duncombe pays full due to the political importance of zines as a vital network of popular culture. He also analyzes how zines measure up to their utopian and escapist outlook in achieving fundamental social change. Packed with extracts and illustrations, he provides a useful overview of the contemporary underground in all its splendor and misery.

Notes from Underground

Notes from Underground Author Thomas Cushman
ISBN-10 0791425444
Year 1995-07-06
Pages 403
Language en
Publisher SUNY Press

Describes the Russian rock music counterculture and how it is changing in response to Russia's transition from a socialist to a capitalist society. It explores the lived experiences, the thoughts and feelings of the rock musicians as they meet the challenges of change.

Notes from the Underground

Notes from the Underground Author Fyodor Dostoevsky
ISBN-10 9781603843522
Year 2009-09-11
Pages 144
Language en
Publisher Hackett Publishing

Dostoevsky's disturbing and groundbreaking novella appears in this new annotated edition with an Introduction by Charles Guignon and Kevin Aho. An analogue of Guignon's widely praised Introduction to his 1993 edition of "The Grand Inquisitor," the editors' Introduction places the underground man in the context of European modernity, analyzes his inner dynamics in the light of the history of Russian cultural and intellectual life, and suggests compelling reasons for our own strange affinity for this nameless man who boldly declares, "I was rude and took pleasure in being so."

Notes from Underground and the Double

Notes from Underground and the Double Author Fyodor Dostoyevsky
ISBN-10 9780141904092
Year 2009-01-29
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Penguin UK

'Notes from Underground' (1864) is a study of a single character, 'the real man of the Russian majority', and a revelation of Dostoyevsky's own deepest beliefs. One of his best critics has said of the first part that it forms his 'most utterly naked pages. Never afterwards was he so fully and openly to reveal the inmost recesses, unmeant for display, of his heart.' 'The Double' (1846) is the nightmarish story of Mr Golyadkin, a man who is haunted or possessed by his own double. Is 'Mr Golyadkinjunior' really a double or simply a fearful side of his own nature? This uncertainty is what gives urgency and horror to a tale which may be read as a classic study of human breakdown.

Notes from Underground

Notes from Underground Author Roger Scruton
ISBN-10 0825306612
Year 2014
Pages 216
Language en
Publisher Beaufort Books

Set in the twilight years of the Czechoslovak communist regime, recalled from the suburbs of Washington, this novel describes a doomed love affair between two young people trapped by the system. Roger Scruton evokes a world in which every word and gesture bears a double meaning, as people seek to find truth amid the lies and love in the midst of betrayal. The novel tells the story of Jan Reichl, condemned to a menial life by his father's alleged crime, and of Betka, the girl who offers him education, opportunity and love, but who mysteriously refuses to commit herself. Through his encounter with the underground culture Jan comes to understand that truth will always elude those who pursue it, and will come only when they least expect it. Hope comes to him from Father Pavel, a priest in the underground church, who opens a door into the faith that has inspired and guided him. Jan is deeply moved by Father Pavel's vision, but distrusts it too. He attends the underground seminars, where the dissidents gather in defiance of the system; but here too distrust prevails. All roads that seem to promise freedom lead to dead ends. But what of Betka: is she the door that opens out of the underground or the door that finally shuts him in? As the story moves to its tragic conclusion the communist system enters its death throes. Jan enjoys freedom at last, only to understand that he has lost the love that would have made freedom meaningful."

Notes From Underground

Notes From Underground Author Eric Bogosian
ISBN-10 9781559367417
Year 2012-12-15
Pages 176
Language en
Publisher Theatre Communications Group

Back-in-print early work by the author of "subUrbia" and "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll."

Notes from Underground

Notes from Underground Author Fyodor Dostoyevsky
ISBN-10 1586638173
Year 2002-12
Pages 77
Language en
Publisher Spark Notes

Darkly fascinating short novel depicts the struggles of a doubting, supremely alienated protagonist in a world of relative values. Embraces moral, religious, political, and social themes. Authoritative Constance Garnett translation. New introduction.

Notes from Underground

Notes from Underground Author Icon Reference
ISBN-10 0497259133
Year 2006-02
Pages 160
Language en
Publisher ICON Group International

If you are either learning Spanish, or learning English as a second language (ESL) as a Spanish speaker, this book is for you. There are many editions of Notes from Underground. This one is worth the price if you would like to enrich your Spanish-English vocabulary, whether for self-improvement or for preparation in advanced of college examinations. Each page is annotated with a mini-thesaurus of uncommon words highlighted in the text. Not only will you experience a great classic, but learn the richness of the English language with Spanish synonyms at the bottom of each page. You will not see a full translation of the English text, but rather a running bilingual thesaurus to maximize the reader's exposure to the subtleties of both languages.

Notes from Underground 2 0

Notes from Underground 2 0 Author Steven Q. Fletcher
ISBN-10 9781508071372
Year 2017-03-23
Pages 198
Language en
Publisher Pronoun

Notes from Underground 2.0 presents a modern reworking of the major themes of social alienation and individual freedom found in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s groundbreaking novella. In these pages we hear another iconoclastic first-person voice. The narrator’s blog reveals a man by turns outrageous, self-conscious, shrewd, and vindictive. Yet ultimately he becomes a sympathetic and more authentic person as the result of his need for human contact and validation. (Or quite possibly he doesn’t.) The plot here only loosely corresponds to that of the original Notes from Underground, although Dostoevsky’s two-part structure is duplicated. Part I is an erratic monologue revealing the unnamed character’s history and personality; Part II sees him pushed out of his habitual online existence and into a physical confrontation with an extraordinary woman—a woman who shatters his beliefs about himself and his world, using methods that are ingenious, comical, and even transcendent. At the end of the novella there is a short “Afterword” written by the author addressing the intention and strategies of this contemporary revision of a timeless classic. Steven Q. Fletcher holds a PhD in literature from the University of Virginia. He is the author of the novel The Disciple of Beauty: A Philosopher’s Tale of Love, Tragedy, and Transcendence, about which Literary Fiction Book Review said, “This novel is so much more than simply a fictional treatise of one man’s life; it is a poignant search for meaning in the brief flicker that constitutes a lifetime; it is a whirlwind immersion in all the great works of literature that devote themselves to the fundamental questions; it is a philosophical rumination on love and life and surviving them both; it is a witty and ofttimes humorous exploration of the human condition.”