Other books byFyodor Dostoevsky
The Brothers Karamazov
The award-winning translation of Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel.
11 timeless classics which have stood the test of time, and their enduring themes have proved popular through the ages. Each with its own concise introduction to guide the reader's thoughts and launch them into the text, these are accessible editions for the academic and general reader alike.
Notes from Underground
"Backgrounds and Sources" includes relevant writings by Dostoevsky, among them "Winter Notes on Summer Impressions," the authorâs account of a formative trip to the West. New to the Second Edition are excerpts from V. F. Odoevksyâs "Russian Nights" and I. S. Turgenevâs "Hamlet of Shchigrovsk District." In "Responses", Michael Katz links this seminal novel to the theme of the underground man in six famous works, two of them new to the Second Edition: an excerpt from M. E. Saltykov-Shchedrinâs The Swallows, Woody Allenâs Notes from the Overfed, Robert Walserâs The Child, an excerpt from Ralph Ellisonâs The Invisible Man, an excerpt from Yevgeny Zamyatinâs We, and an excerpt from Jean-Paul Sartreâs Erostratus. "Criticism" brings together eleven interpretations by both Russian and Western critics from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, two of them new to the Second Edition. Included are essays by Nikolai K. Mikhailovsky, Vasily Rozanov, Lev Shestov, M. M. Bakhtin, Ralph E. Matlaw, Victor Erlich, Robert Louis Jackson, Gary Saul Morson, Richard H. Weisberg, Joseph Frank, and Tzvetan Todorov. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
A new translation of one of the most brilliant achievements of Russian literature's Golden Age Only beauty can save the world,” proclaims the hero of The Idiot, perhaps Dostoevsky’s most personal and intense work of fiction. But in the brutally materialistic world of late 19th-century Petersburg, infested with greed and vulgarity, Prince Myshkin’s naive beliefs can only be the subject of mockery and ultimately lead to failure and tragedy. Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters that covers the entire gamut of Russian societyfrom the arrogant rich merchant’s son Rogozhin and the beautiful but wanton Nastasya Filippovna to the student Kirillov, who aspires to become the man-God by killing himselfDostoevsky’s masterpiece, brilliantly captured in this new translation, is a book that leaves a permanent mark on its readers’ minds.