Notes from the Underground (1863) (Paperback)
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Notes from the Underground (1863) (Paperback)

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Notes from the Underground is recounted from the perspective of a narrator who describes himself as sick, spiteful, and unattractive; he styles himself ""the Underground Man."" His thoughts and his moods veer unpredictably as he reflects on himself and his world; on past, present, and future; on the folly of human idealism and the reality of human squalor and degradation. The intellectual and psychological power of the book are deeply rooted in the conflicts and contradictions that afflict the narrator-many of which seem to have afflicted Dostoevsky himself for much of the 1860s. Once attracted to idealistic and utopian notions, he now found himself repelled by them. A passionate advocate of freedom, he had little confidence that humans could use freedom for the good. The Underground Man is not a unified self, but a self-contradictory character, like his author. His bewildering complexity and relentless self-analysis make him one of the most memorable and thought-provoking protagonists of modern literature. As well as the text itself and an informative introduction, this new edition includes a selection of background documents (also newly translated), which help set the work in the cultural and intellectual context out of which it emerged.

Publisher: Broadview Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781554812219
Number of pages: 140
Weight: 218 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm


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"Kirsten Lodge offers a marvelous translation of one of Dostoevsky's most famous and most difficult works. ... [T]he translator manages to convey the very pulsation of the paradoxical and painful thoughts of the narrator. ... You can feel the changes in his mood, immerse yourself into the depth of his suffering, and instantly grasp those tiny little details which characterize his tragically shrewd style." - Ilya Vinitsky, University of Pennsylvania

"Kirsten Lodge's new annotated translation gives a convincing contemporary voice to the Underground Man's timeless lament." - Luba Golburt, University of California, Berkeley

"Kirsten Lodge's important new edition of Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground offers readers a dazzling collection of contexts, sources, and images for Dostoevsky and his novel, all of which will be indispensable for students and general readers alike. She also has included two classic essays by Mikhailovsky and Rozanov which encapsulate the range in Russia of nineteenth-century responses to Dostoevsky's literary genius. Her introduction deftly orients the reader to the complex intellectual terrain and the high-stakes political debates in which the Notes have played and continue to play such an important role. " - Robin Feuer Miller, Brandeis University

"For teachers and students, Lodge surrounds the novel with a wealth of fascinating materials for understanding what was at stake for Dostoevsky and his political opponents. Lodge's introduction is especially noteworthy, as it provides what may well be the most clearheaded summary of the novel and its polemics as exists in print. Yet beyond this historical context, Dostoevsky also wrote the Notes from the Underground as a literary experiment, one in which he stretched the conventions of the novel to their breaking point so as to engage the present in as direct a manner as possible. ... Lodge's translation admirably succeeds in conveying all the energy and urgency of the original for a new generation of readers. From his first word to the last, she lets the Underground Man speak for himself." - Jefferson Gatrall, Montclair State University


"Kirsten Lodge offers a marvelous translation of one of Dostoevsky's most famous and most difficult works. ... [T]he translator manages to convey the very pulsation of the paradoxical and painful thoughts of the narrator. ... You can feel the changes in his mood, immerse yourself into the depth of his suffering, and instantly grasp those tiny little details which characterize his tragically shrewd style." - Ilya Vinitsky, University of Pennsylvania

"Kirsten Lodge's new annotated translation gives a convincing contemporary voice to the Underground Man's timeless lament." - Luba Golburt, University of California, Berkeley

"Kirsten Lodge's important new edition of Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground offers readers a dazzling collection of contexts, sources, and images for Dostoevsky and his novel, all of which will be indispensable for students and general readers alike. She also has included two classic essays by Mikhailovsky and Rozanov which encapsulate the range in Russia of nineteenth-century responses to Dostoevsky's literary genius. Her introduction deftly orients the reader to the complex intellectual terrain and the high-stakes political debates in which the Notes have played and continue to play such an important role. " - Robin Feuer Miller, Brandeis University

"For teachers and students, Lodge surrounds the novel with a wealth of fascinating materials for understanding what was at stake for Dostoevsky and his political opponents. Lodge's introduction is especially noteworthy, as it provides what may well be the most clearheaded summary of the novel and its polemics as exists in print. Yet beyond this historical context, Dostoevsky also wrote the Notes from the Underground as a literary experiment, one in which he stretched the conventions of the novel to their breaking point so as to engage the present in as direct a manner as possible. ... Lodge's translation admirably succeeds in conveying all the energy and urgency of the original for a new generation of readers. From his first word to the last, she lets the Underground Man speak for himself." - Jefferson Gatrall, Montclair State University


"Kirsten Lodge's edition of Notes from the Underground is superlative in all respects. It offers an excellent translation, highly readable yet always faithful to the original, as well as essential supplementary materials that make it by far the easiest edition to teach from." - Michael Wachtel, Princeton University

"Kirsten Lodge offers a marvelous translation of one of Dostoevsky's most famous and most difficult works. ... [T]he translator manages to convey the very pulsation of the paradoxical and painful thoughts of the narrator. ... You can feel the changes in his mood, immerse yourself into the depth of his suffering, and instantly grasp those tiny little details which characterize his tragically shrewd style." - Ilya Vinitsky, University of Pennsylvania

"Kirsten Lodge's new annotated translation gives a convincing contemporary voice to the Underground Man's timeless lament." - Luba Golburt, University of California, Berkeley

"Kirsten Lodge's important new edition of Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground offers readers a dazzling collection of contexts, sources, and images for Dostoevsky and his novel, all of which will be indispensable for students and general readers alike. She also has included two classic essays by Mikhailovsky and Rozanov which encapsulate the range in Russia of nineteenth-century responses to Dostoevsky's literary genius. Her introduction deftly orients the reader to the complex intellectual terrain and the high-stakes political debates in which the Notes have played and continue to play such an important role. " - Robin Feuer Miller, Brandeis University

"For teachers and students, Lodge surrounds the novel with a wealth of fascinating materials for understanding what was at stake for Dostoevsky and his political opponents. Lodge's introduction is especially noteworthy, as it provides what may well be the most clearheaded summary of the novel and its polemics as exists in print. Yet beyond this historical context, Dostoevsky also wrote the Notes from the Underground as a literary experiment, one in which he stretched the conventions of the novel to their breaking point so as to engage the present in as direct a manner as possible. ... Lodge's translation admirably succeeds in conveying all the energy and urgency of the original for a new generation of readers. From his first word to the last, she lets the Underground Man speak for himself." - Jefferson Gatrall, Montclair State University


"Kirsten Lodge's edition of Notes from the Underground is superlative in all respects. It offers an excellent translation, highly readable yet always faithful to the original, as well as essential supplementary materials that make it by far the easiest edition to teach from." -- Michael Wachtel, Princeton University

"Kirsten Lodge offers a marvelous translation of one of Dostoevsky's most famous and most difficult works. ... [T]he translator manages to convey the very pulsation of the paradoxical and painful thoughts of the narrator. ... You can feel the changes in his mood, immerse yourself into the depth of his suffering, and instantly grasp those tiny little details which characterize his tragically shrewd style." -- Ilya Vinitsky, University of Pennsylvania

"Kirsten Lodge's new annotated translation gives a convincing contemporary voice to the Underground Man's timeless lament." -- Luba Golburt, University of California, Berkeley

"Kirsten Lodge's important new edition of Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground offers readers a dazzling collection of contexts, sources, and images for Dostoevsky and his novel, all of which will be indispensable for students and general readers alike. She also has included two classic essays by Mikhailovsky and Rozanov which encapsulate the range in Russia of nineteenth-century responses to Dostoevsky's literary genius. Her introduction deftly orients the reader to the complex intellectual terrain and the high-stakes political debates in which the Notes have played and continue to play such an important role. " -- Robin Feuer Miller, Brandeis University

"For teachers and students, Lodge surrounds the novel with a wealth of fascinating materials for understanding what was at stake for Dostoevsky and his political opponents. Lodge's introduction is especially noteworthy, as it provides what may well be the most clearheaded summary of the novel and its polemics as exists in print. Yet beyond this historical context, Dostoevsky also wrote the Notes from the Underground as a literary experiment, one in which he stretched the conventions of the novel to their breaking point so as to engage the present in as direct a manner as possible. ... Lodge's translation admirably succeeds in conveying all the energy and urgency of the original for a new generation of readers. From his first word to the last, she lets the Underground Man speak for himself." -- Jefferson Gatrall, Montclair State University


"Kirsten Lodge's edition of Notes from the Underground is superlative in all respects. It offers an excellent translation, highly readable yet always faithful to the original, as well as essential supplementary materials that make it by far the easiest edition to teach from." -- Michael Wachtel, Princeton University

"Kirsten Lodge offers a marvelous translation of one of Dostoevsky's most famous and most difficult works. ... [T]he translator manages to convey the very pulsation of the paradoxical and painful thoughts of the narrator. ... You can feel the changes in his mood, immerse yourself into the depth of his suffering, and instantly grasp those tiny little details which characterize his tragically shrewd style." -- Ilya Vinitsky, University of Pennsylvania

"Kirsten Lodge's new annotated translation gives a convincing contemporary voice to the Underground Man's timeless lament." -- Luba Golburt, University of California, Berkeley

"Kirsten Lodge's important new edition of Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground offers readers a dazzling collection of contexts, sources, and images for Dostoevsky and his novel, all of which will be indispensable for students and general readers alike. She also has included two classic essays by Mikhailovsky and Rozanov which encapsulate the range in Russia of nineteenth-century responses to Dostoevsky's literary genius. Her introduction deftly orients the reader to the complex intellectual terrain and the high-stakes political debates in which the Notes have played and continue to play such an important role. " -- Robin Feuer Miller, Brandeis University

"For teachers and students, Lodge surrounds the novel with a wealth of fascinating materials for understanding what was at stake for Dostoevsky and his political opponents. Lodge's introduction is especially noteworthy, as it provides what may well be the most clearheaded summary of the novel and its polemics as exists in print. Yet beyond this historical context, Dostoevsky also wrote the Notes from the Underground as a literary experiment, one in which he stretched the conventions of the novel to their breaking point so as to engage the present in as direct a manner as possible. ... Lodge's translation admirably succeeds in conveying all the energy and urgency of the original for a new generation of readers. From his first word to the last, she lets the Underground Man speak for himself." -- Jefferson Gatrall, Montclair State University

"Kirsten Lodge honors both the book and its readers with an agile, contemporary translation accompanied by excellent contextual materials... With this generous and thoughtful contextualization, this edition will be especially useful to students and scholars of Russian literature and history... It is this translation's greatest accomplishment to render The Underground Man's voice as vivid and sarcastic as it sounds in the original; he insists or--demands--that he be heard, and Lodge's text maintains the urgency and the stream-of-consciousness flow of his speech." --Nina Shevchuk-Murray, Slavic and East European Journal

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