Notes From Underground and the Double


‘Notes from Underground’ is a study of a single character, ‘the real man of the Russian majority’, and a revelation of Dostoyevsky’s own deepest beliefs. ‘The Double’ is the nightmarish story of Mr Golyadkin, a man who is haunted or possessed by his own double.

ISBN: 9780140455120 Author: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 29th January 2009 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 891.733 (edition:22) Pages: 291 Edition: |Omnibus ed Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

‘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 Bradbury

Alienated 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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