"Notes from Underground, The Double and Other Stories," by Fyodor
Dostoevsky, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics"" "series,
which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student
and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful
design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the
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Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical,
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reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are
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some include illustrations of historical interest. "Barnes &
Noble Classics "pulls together a constellation of
influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each
reader's understanding of these enduring works. 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."
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