Notes from Underground and the Double

Notes from Underground and the Double

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Paperback Published on: 29/01/2009
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Synopsis

'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

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780140455120
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 258g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm

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A Journey into the dark side of consciousness
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