Notes from Underground and the Double

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Ronald Wilks

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd

Published: 29th Jan '09

£8.99

Alienated from society and paralysed by a sense of the author’s own insignificance, this book tells the story of his tortured life. It describes his refusal to become a worker in the ‘anthill’ of society and his gradual withdrawal to an existence ‘underground’.


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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

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Weight 0.258 kg
Dimensions 20 × 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 352