This new translation of Dostoyevsky's 'psychological record of a crime' gives his dark masterpiece of murder and pursuit a renewed vitality, expressing its jagged, staccato urgency and fevered atmosphere as never before.
From the renowned translators: a new rendering—certain to become the definitive version—of the first great prison memoir, a fictionalized account of the writer’s life-changing penal servitude in Siberia.
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Dostoevsky's most revolutionary novel, Notes from Underground marks the dividing line between 19th- and 20th- century fiction, and between the visions of self each century embodied. One of the most remarkable characters in literature, the unnamed narrator is a former official who has defiantly withdrawn into an underground existence. In full retreat from society, he scrawls a passionate, obsessive, self-contradictory narrative that serves as a devastating attack on social utopianism and an assertion of man's essentially irrational nature. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, whose Dostoevsky translations have become the standard, give us a brilliantly faithful edition of this classic novel, conveying all the tragedy and tormented comedy of the original.
"My intention is to portray a truly beautiful soul." Dostoevsky
'An outstanding achievement' John Bayley
'Dostoevsky is one of the greatest literary talents the world has seen in the past two centuries. Notes From Underground is arguably his most idiosyncratic masterpiece'
'In this new translation one finally gets the musical whole of Dostoevsky's original' New York Times Book Review