[Novel] Notes from Underground (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

Notes from Underground

A diary of a slightly mad self-proclaimed intellectual with a persecution complex.

Dostoyevsky never ceases to amaze me with the depth of his characters, and how realistically he conveys the weirdest of their quirks. I almost feel like I both know, and have thoroughly psychoanalyzed the guy.

Positive: Negative:
Effective, crisp prose The story is just a couple of disjointed episodes from the protagonist’s life
Extremely profound, realistic, and interesting characters
Good, fast pace
Thought-provoking on the nature of our society, and mankind in general
Thought-provoking on aberrations of thought lost in-between logic and feeling

One thought on “[Novel] Notes from Underground (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

  1. My russian friend, who consume lot of classic literature, actually does not like writers like Dostoevsky and Nabokov. While he agrees, that their prose is good on several levels, he just do not like the distorted reality you see in their novels. So if you think you’re reading something, which shows you insides of russian society – that’s plainly wrong. They create a fictional world, purposely centered on disgusting and twisted society individuals, having seen the world from their perspective, which results in people of the world reading these like sort of “true” russian spirit stories. I had numerous talks with my friend and he is completely against writers, who tend to portrait only ingoble and vile deeds, without showing any other point of view, which result in depression and urge to wash your hands after reading.

    So after these talks I do not know, if can you really get anything about russian society from these writers only. You should also read someone more positive, but unfortunately seems they were never translated, and I never read them as well. He suggested me to read Ivan Shmelev “Leto gospodne”, so if you know russian, maybe it is worth to try to see same epoch from different view.


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