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Review, Synopsis and Summary of the Dystopian Novel Notes From Underground

Fyodor Dostoyevsky or Dostoevsky novel Notes from Underground presents a Philosophical / Dystopian Novel, first published in 1864. Many critics consider it to be one of the first existentialist novels. This story narrated by a retired civil servant secluded himself in a shabby apartment. In the first part of the novel, he represents a complete nihilist with no desire to interact with others. Yet in the second part of the story he acts as a young man sixteen years earlier. He seems passionate, proud and self-effacing.

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Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Genre: Philosophical / Dystopian

 Pages: 136

 Goodreads Rating: 4.16 of 5

 My Rating: 8.2 of 10

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Review and Summary of the Dystopian Novel Notes From Underground.

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The narrator of Notes from Underground presents a bitter, misanthropic man living alone in St.Petersburg, Russia, during the 1880s. The story comprises the “notes” from an underground man who wants to stay away from society. The author divides these notes into two fragments. The writer names its first section as “Underground”, this part is shorter and set in the 1860s. The underground man is forty years old.

The second part of Notes from Underground, entitled “ Apropos of the Wet Snow,” describes specific events in the Underground Man’s life in the 1840s, at twenty-four years old.

In the 1840s, as a boy, he loved beauty and loftiness of ideas about love, yet in the 1860s, he becomes cynical about beauty and loftiness of ideas. This section describes his interactions with different people living in the world. He remains incapable of normal relations with the people he meets and becomes alienated from people around him. He says that humans only moan about pain to spread their suffering to others. The second part Apropos of the Wet Snow offers a good description of his ideas.

Liza comes to meet him, but he reacts furiously. Because he learns that she pities him and gives up on him. This leaves him alone in the underground. Here he decides to end the notes, but the writer tells that he is incapable of ending them.

Final Say on the Dystopian Novel Notes From Underground.

Throughout the novel, the underground man makes a convincing case against the rational egoists and utopian socialists of his era who claimed that the application of a mind could create a perfect world. He advocated the free will of man against ideas.

This novel is a fair discussion of ideas that stay thought-provoking and challenging. One element that impressed me relates to his discussion of natural laws that govern human behaviour. I enjoyed this novel and give this book a 8.2 out of 10 ratings because the philosophical ideas impressed me. I recommend this story to any person interested in philosophical thinking.

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