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Notes from underground : and, The double ([New ed.])

By: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Wilks, Ronald(Translated by)

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Part of the Penguin classics series
0140455124 / 9780140455120
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United Kingdom
20 cm lv, 291 p.
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'That sense of the meaninglessness of existence that runs through much of twentieth-century writing - from Conrad and Kafka, to Beckett and beyond - starts in Dostoyevsky's work' Malcolm BradburyAlienated from society and paralysed by a sense of his own insignificance, the anonymous narrator of Dostoyevsky's Notes from Underground tells the story of his tortured life.

With bitter irony, he describes his refusal to become a worker in the 'anthill' and his gradual withdrawal from society.

The seemingly ordinary world of St Petersburg takes on a nightmarish quality in The Double when a government clerk encounters a man who looks exactly like him - his double perhaps, or possibly the darker side of his own personality.

Like Notes from Underground, this is a masterly tragi-comic study of human consciousness. Translated by Ronald Wilks with an Introduction by Robert Louis Jackson


FC Classic fiction (pre c 1945), FYT Fiction in translation

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