Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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The novel was first published in Russia in 1864 and this excellent Canongate Canons edition has an enlightening and entertaining introduction by DBC Pierre assessing "the scale of this little book" ...
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I am a sick person. I am a spiteful person. An unattractive person, too . . .

In the depths of a cellar in St. Petersburg, a civil servant spews forth a passionate and furious note on the ills of society. The underground man's manifesto reveals his erratic, self-contradictory and even sadistic nature. Yet in Dostoyevsky's most radical and disturbing character, there is the uncomfortable flicker of recognition of the human condition.

When the narrator ventures above ground, he attends a dinner with a group of old school friends. It is here, paralysed by his own social awkwardness, that he carries out extraordinary acts and cements his status as a true and original outsider.
 

About Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was born in Moscow in 1982. He has written many works of fiction including Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. He died in St. Petersburg on 9th February 1881. Natasha Randall has worked as a translator from the Russian for many years in New York, Moscow and St. Petersburg. She has translated a number of the Russian greats including Mikhail Lermontov. Her writing has appeared in A Public Space, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Moscow Times, BookForum, The New York Times, HALI magazine, The Strad magazine, The St. Petersburg Times (FL), and on National Public Radio. She also wrote a column on books and publishing for Publishing News (UK) from 2002 to 2007. She writes articles on the topics of literature, Islamic art, Russian culture and music.
 
Published October 25, 2012 by Canongate Books. 160 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, History. Fiction
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Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Feb 09 2013

The novel was first published in Russia in 1864 and this excellent Canongate Canons edition has an enlightening and entertaining introduction by DBC Pierre assessing "the scale of this little book" ...

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