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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (39,447 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky Narrator: Norman Dietz Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A predecessor to such monumental works as Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, Notes from the Underground represents a turning point in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s writing toward the more political side. In this work, we follow the unnamed narrator of the story, who, disillusioned by the oppression and corruption of the society in which he lives, withdraws from that society into the underground. This “Underground Man” is one of the first genuine antiheroes in European literature.

The first part of this unusual work is often treated as a philosophical text in its own right; the second part illustrates the theory of the first by means of its own fictional practice. A dark and politically charged novel, Notes from the Underground shows Dostoevsky at his best.

This version of Notes from the Underground is the translation by Constance Garnett.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Faye | 2/18/2014

    " I am not enjoying this book and thing until I am in a better mindset will put this on the back burner and return to the library. What a shame - it looked like it had potential, and from such an influential writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kelly Jacqueline | 2/18/2014

    " The various philosophies and experiences of the narrator really struck a chord with me. I wish there was more I could read about him! The first section was slightly tedious, but that's only because I was drowsy while reading this portion. An excellent study in philosophy and social/psychological isolation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sujatha Reghunathan | 2/18/2014

    " Worth reading at least once. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Megan Fritts | 2/12/2014

    " I was first introduced to this work when my mentor assigned it to me, along with Plato's Meno, to view the contrasting arguments. In Meno, Plato claims that all men desire what is good for them. In Dostoevsky's _Notes from Underground_, Fyodor argues nearly the opposite. It's a fascinating look at the thought patterns of the depraved and darkened mind. FD was truly the world's greatest psychologist. "

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