Zapiski iz podpol’ia [Notes from Underground] is perhaps the most compelling and uncomfortable to read of all Dostoevsky’s works, which is saying a great deal. Although a relatively short book, it is structurally rather complex, bearing scant resemblance to the form of a conventional novella. Its subtle and unsparing analysis of the psychology of the modern mind, deracinated and adrift in a world seemingly bereft of the certainties once provided by religion, makes Notes from Underground susceptible to endless interpretation, and largely accounts for the fascination that it continues to exert upon its readers.
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Lovatt, Steven. "Zapiski iz podpol'ia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 August 2009
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