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Notes from Underground AND The Grand Inquisitor
Notes from Underground AND The Grand Inquisitor Author:Fyodor Dostoevsky Dostoevsky's influence on the modern literary mind is unrivalled in its scope and vitality. Nowhere does his art appear in so quintessential a form as in Note from Underground, certainly one of the most revolutionary and original works in world literature; nowhere is his thought presented with such authority as in "The Grand Inquisitor", an epis... more »ode of central importance taken from his last and greatest novel, The Brothers Karamazov. In both these vital works Dostoevsky confronts the reaer with the tragic grandeur of man, indeed, with a whole philosophy of tragedy: the tragedy of the individual and freedom, the tragedy of the historical process, the tragedy of universal evil.
Both the Notes from Underground adn "The Grand Inquisitor" are presented here in the Constance Garnett translations, scrupulously revised by the editor. In addition, of particular interest and importance is the unique background material for Notes from Underground selected and translated by Professor Matlaw, much of it hitherto unavailable in english. this material includes passages from Chernyshevsky's What Is to Be Done?, selections from Dostoevsky's Letters and Winter Notes on Summer Impressions, Shchedrin's satire on the Notes called "The Swallows" and Dostoevsky's equally satiric rebuttal, "Mr. Shchedrin, or Schism among the Nihilists".« less