Literature / Notes from Underground

"...what is man without desire, without will, and without wishes if not a stop in an organ pipe?"

Notes from Underground is an 1863 novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky about an unnamed social outcast living in St. Petersburg. Depressed by the city and his own inadequacy, this mysterious Underground Man begins to write a rambling, philosophical journal — the Notes from Underground.

The novel's divided into two parts: first, the notes ("Underground"), and second, an account of the humiliating events which led to his self-imposed seclusion ("Apropos to Wet Snow").

Deals with themes of existentialism (it is considered one of the first existentialist novels), free will, and the modern disconnect from others.

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