Author(s): F. M. Dostoevsky
'I am a sick man...I am a wicked man.' With this sentence Dostoevsky began a work which marks the frontier not only between nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, but between two centuries' visions of the self. For the unnamed narrator of Notes From Underground is a multiplicity of selves, each at war with the others - all at war with everything else. A former official who has retreated from society into an underground existence, he scrawls a passionate, obsessive and self-contradictory narrative which serves as a devastating attack on social utopianism and an assertion of man's essentially irrational nature. Richard and Larissa Volokhonsky, whose Dostoevsky translations have become the standard versions, give us a remarkably faithful edition of Dostoevsky's classic which conveys both the tragedy and the tormented comedy of the original Russian.
Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky are known for their highly-acclaimed translations of Dostoevsky (Demons, The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Adolescent have already been published by Everyman). Their translation of The Brothers Karamazov won America's prestigious PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize.