Hello readers, welcome to the Know Your Meme Book club. For the next few weeks we will be reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 1864 novella Notes From Underground. The book is narrated by the unnamed "Underground Man". Robert Louis Jackson writes in an introduction that:
"The Underground Man is a product of [a] collapsing world. He is the symbolic-character image of nineteenth-century man divorced from his national roots and faith, yet seeking, in the depths of his confession, for moral and spiritual foundations, for an ideal."
The book is split into two parts, The Underground and Apropos of the Wet Snow the former being a philosophical dissertation written by the narrator and the latter a chronicle of events that led the narrator "underground" where the real story takes place.
Here is the schedule for the readings.
To not make things too hectic, we are only covering about fifteen to twenty-five pages a week to give everyone lots of time to read the book at a rate that lends itself to consideration.
Every Monday I'll post some discussion questions regarding the chapters we covered to spur conversation (except for this week, when my questions will be posted on Tuesday, sorry!) but obviously, anyone can contribute questions they would like to discuss as well. Let's try to keep things on topic, I understand people get enthusiastic online but we'll try to stay focused.
I have a copy of the Penguin Classics version of the book translated by Ronald Wilks but of you do not have a copy you can find it free here