Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

By Fyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky

Dostoevsky’s such a lot innovative novel, Notes from Underground marks the dividing line among 19th- and twentieth-century fiction, and among the visions of self every one century embodied. essentially the most notable characters in literature, the unnamed narrator is a former legitimate who has defiantly withdrawn into an underground lifestyles. In complete retreat from society, he scrawls a passionate, obsessive, self-contradictory narrative that serves as a devastating assault on social utopianism and an statement of man’s basically irrational nature.

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, whose Dostoevsky translations became the normal, provide us a brilliantly trustworthy variation of this vintage novel, conveying the entire tragedy and tormented comedy of the original.

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P4-WAITER I don‟t know. But since I‟m a disgusting, impotent little worm, I would probably enjoy it. UNDERGROUND MAN I see. UNDERGROUND MAN What time is it? P1-WAITER 5:30. UNDERGROUND MAN Why isn‟t my party here!? P1-WAITER The reservation was made for 6:00. UNDERGROUND MAN WHY DIDN‟T YOU TELL ME, YOU WEASEL!?!?!? P1-WAITER Because you‟re a worthless human being. And no one goes out of their way to help a worthless human being like you. 40 P3-ZVERKOV …so I told her all she had to do was rub my ear one more time, I…oh, it‟s you.

I‟ll tell you what you want, you goddamn murderer! You want your seven rubles because I‟m late with your wages. But you think you‟re so above me that you won‟t even ask for it! And you‟re just going to punish me with your stupid staring. Well, you know what? I can stare too! Don‟t you know how stupid your stupid staring looks?! You look like a complete ass with no hair! I have your seven rubles. Right here. But you‟re not going to get it! Not until you apologize. P4-APOLLON Ridiculous. UNDERGROUND MAN I‟ll show you ridiculous!

36 P2-TRUDOLYUBOV God Bless you! God Bless you! P1-SIMONOV You‟ve saved my reputation! P2-TRUDOLYUBOV You‟ve saved my children‟s reputation! P4-FERFECHKIN You are the most gracious man I know! P2-TRUDOLYUBOV You tell the most wonderful stories! P4-FERFECHKIN Forgive me for not visiting you all these years. P1-SIMONOV Forgive me for not looking after your health. P4-FERFECHKIN I owe you six years of Christmas gifts, all of which I‟m going to buy you today! P1-SIMONOV Thank you for saving my life.

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