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Notes from the Underground [Paperback]

Fyodor Dostoyevsky , Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky
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June 20 2010
An Unabridged Edition with both Parts I and II Including A "Note from the Author"-

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Dostoevsky’s Underground Man is a composite of the tormented clerk and the frustrated dreamer of his earlier stories, but his Notes from the Underground is a precursor of his great later novels and their central concern with the nature of free will.
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Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–1881) was a Russian author whose best-known works includeNotes from the Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov.

Norman Dietz, a writer, an actor, and a solo performer, has recorded over 150 audiobooks, many of which have earned him awards from AudioFile magazine, the ALA, and Publishers Weekly. Additionally, AudioFile named Norman one of the Best Voices of the Century.
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4.0 out of 5 stars logically fogged mind May 20 2004
Notes from the underground is a wonderful book that helps expand the mind into things one might never have challenged before. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys overanalysing ideas to the point that it hurts. If you do plan on reading this book, I recommend you read just a few pages a day so as to keep yourself fresh and not overloaded with stuff. All in all i htink it is a genious book, hilarious at parts as well, and it deserves a salute from me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Context Aug. 11 2010
From what I understand Alexander Herzen wrote Who is to Blame? in 1847 and Ivan Turgenev wrote Fathers and Sons in 1862, both novels dealing with the alienation of the Russian intelligentsia and other social problems. Nikolay Chernyshevsky then in 1863 wrote What is to be Done? in response to both of these novels. He implied that the solution to Russia's social and economic problems lay in materialism, positivism and rational utilitarianism. Dostoevsky then in 1864 wrote Notes From the Underground in response to What is to be Done? In his book Dostoevsky ridicules the logical implications of Chernyshevsky's philosophy. All of these books can be seen as part of a long running argument.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything Dostoevksy writes is a Masterpiece! Oct. 14 2003
This is my third novel by Fydor Dostoevksy and I don't think I could rate it any less or more than the other two. All of his books seem to be landmarks in literature. All of them unique in thier own way. None of them can be overlooked. All of them are also way ahead of there time. And they are all not for the closed-minded 'logical' reader.
Notes From Underground is one of Dostoevsky's shorter works, it is very intriging so you will find that you finish it very quickly.
The first part of the novel offers little to no plot. It is basically just philosophical rambling from the first-person narrorator. Don't let the world, 'rambling' confuse you, this book is very serious and thought provoking.
In the second part of the novel we are introduced to some characters beside the narrorator and we see the reason for the rambling in the first part of the novel.
I think that most people who read Dostoevsky can relate to his feelings around other people. He is alone, he feels like people are judging him. People don't want him around, but he is too proud to admit any of this.
The novel deals with how much we can know before it becomes dangerous. When we know too much we might find things that we do not want to know. Does this mean we should stop our search for truth? What if in our search we discover that there is no truth? This is a very thought provoking novel.
I highly reccomend this latest translation, it is very easy to read, much better than the old translation of Crime and Punishment that I read. I am in fact considering re-reading these novels just because these new Translators do a very good job.
Buy this book alongside Hunger by Knut Hamsun as they deal with a lot of the same ideas and were written very close to each other in a timeline.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Review from a High School Student July 6 2002
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I had to read this book going into the tenth grade for english class, and while the message Dostoyevsky is attempting to get across is certainly a valid issue, the book was way over my head at the time. I found the Underground Man's constant rambling on about his life in the first part of the book to be extremely boring and eventless, while the second part was altogether irrelevant. I do think that the symbolism and Dostoyevsky's frustration with the period in which he lived is well written, though. If I was not forced to read this book for school and waited until I was a bit more intellectually mature to read it I do think that I would have appreciated and admired Dostoyevsky and his work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to Dostoyevsky May 12 2002
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For those readers who are interested in Dostoyevsky but aren't willing to commit to one of his more verbose works, this is a good one to try. The plot is classic Dostoyevsky but tends to read a bit easier. As with all of his works, be prepared to reflex on what you've read and even read certain passages repeatedly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars notes......... Nov. 8 2001
By Jimena
This is the first book of a series of novels that form Dostoievsky's "second period" works, which includes "Crime and Punishment", "Karamazov Brothers", "The Idiot" and others. Though a short novel compared to the ones mentioned, we can find here the seeds of many subjects Dostoievsky was to develop further in his subsequent works.
The book is divided into two parts. In the first one, the main character -an obscure student whose name is not even mentioned- introduces himself as a sick and spiteful man. He makes a long diatribe against subjects such as free will, rationalism and romanticism. He attempts to explain his ideas of life and the quest of being, relating man with a piano keyboard: man does not want to think of himself as an instrument that can be played by a superior force without having the power to use his will; rather he has to demonstrate he is a human being with an inner and singular self and not just a piece that belongs to a bigger mechanism.
In the second part, this troubled man engages in telling us his difficulties to relate to other people. Here the author brings some characters into the scene, whose principal role is to show the main character's incapability to interact in society. The scene in which he delivers a wordy speech to a young prostitute in a dark cubicle is particularly touching.
Dostoievsky is great. What else may I say?.
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