Notes from Underground, The Double and Other Stories, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is part of theBarnes & 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 remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the workComments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest.Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influencesbiographical, historical, and literaryto enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. Often considered a prologue to Dostoevskys 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 characterplagued by shame, guilt, and alienationargues that reason is merely a flimsy construction built upon humanitys 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 ofSurprised by Shame: Dostoevsky's Liars and Narrative Exposure.show more