Notes from Underground, The Double and Other Stories
, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Often considered a prologue to Dostoevsky
’s brilliant novels, the story ?Notes from Underground” introduces one of the great anti-heroes in literature: the underground man, who lives on the fringes of society. In an impassioned, manic monologue this character?plagued by shame, guilt, and alienation?argues that reason is merely a flimsy construction built upon humanity’s essentially irrational core. Internal conflict is also explored in ?The Double,” a surreal tale of a government clerk who meets a more unpleasant version of himself and is changed as a result.
In addition to these two existential classics, this collection also includes the psychologically probing stories ?The Meek One,” ?The Dream of a Ridiculous Man,” and ?White Nights.”
Deborah A. Martinsen is Assistant to the Director of the Core Curriculum at Columbia University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature. She is the author of Surprised by Shame: Dostoevsky's Liars and Narrative Exposure.