Notes from Underground & The House of the Dead

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Sprache - Englisch

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Notes from Underground presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator (generally referred to by critics as the Underground Man) who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg. The first part of the story is told in monologue form, or the underground man's diary, and attacks emerging Western philosophy, especially Nikolay Chernyshevsky's What Is to Be Done? The second part of the book is called "Apropos of the Wet Snow", and describes certain events that, it seems, are destroying and sometimes renewing the underground man, who acts as a first person, unreliable narrator. It is considered by many to be the first existentialist novel. The House of the Dead is a semi-autobiographical novel, which portrays the life of convicts in a Siberian prison camp. The novel has also been published under the titles Memoirs from the House of The Dead and Notes from the Dead House (or Notes from a Dead House). The book is a loosely-knit collection of facts, events and philosophical discussion organized by "theme" rather than as a continuous story. Dostoyevsky himself spent four years in exile in such a camp following his conviction for involvement in the Petrashevsky Circle. This experience allowed him to describe with great authenticity the conditions of prison life and the characters of the convicts. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881) was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. His literary works explore human psychology in the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th-century Russia. Many literary critics rate him as one of the greatest and most prominent psychologists in world literature.

About the Author

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) remains one of the most profound and celebrated figures in world literature. Born in Moscow, Russia, Dostoyevsky was the second of seven children. After a brief stint at the St. Petersburg Academy of Military Engineering, Dostoyevsky devoted himself fully to writing. His early literary pursuits produced the novel 'Poor Folk', but it was his later works that cemented his place in the halls of literary canon. 'Notes from Underground' (1864) is widely considered to be one of the first existentialist novels, wherein he explores the ramblings and introspections of an unnamed narrator, deviating from traditional narrative forms and delving into the psychology of an individual facing the absurdity of life. 'The House of the Dead' (1861) is a semi-autobiographical novel that draws from Dostoyevsky's own harrowing experiences in a Siberian labor camp, following his involvement with the Petrashevsky Circle and his subsequent arrest. Dostoyevsky's literary style is characterized by deep psychological insight, an exploration of philosophical themes, and a profound understanding of the human condition, often set against the backdrop of 19th century Russian society. His works, exploring themes of free will, morality, and redemption, continue to influence and resonate with readers and scholars around the globe.

Product Details

Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 240 Pages

Filesize: 811.7 KB

ISBN: 8596547762959