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Book Review"Notes from the Underground" by Fyodor DostoevskyWednesday, January 16, 2008 By Janet Basurto
“I am a sick man…I am a wicked man,” starts the ramblings of an unnamed narrator. "Notes from the Underground" offers the deep insight of the existentialist thoughts that prevailed in the mind of a man. Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky, a man considered by many to be the founder of Existentialism, the book is filled with profound dealings with the mind, including themes such as suffering (and enjoying suffering), consciousness, and the purpose of man. The unnamed narrator also deals with the difficulty of dealing with oneself. Often, he is at war with himself, debating if what he really felt or thought was the truth or if it was a lie that served to comfort his conscience. Notes of the Underground is an interesting read for any curious existentialist.