Saturday, October 1, 2011

October 28, 2011 -- Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Our next meeting:
Friday, October 28, 2011, 7:00 PM
Kansas City Public Library/Plaza Branch, Small Meeting Room
4801 Main Street Kansas City, MO

We are meeting to discuss Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Notes from the Underground (Russian: "Notes from Underground" is a more literal translation) is an 1864 short novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It is considered by many to be the first existentialist novel. It presents itself as an excerpt from the rambling memoirs of a bitter, isolated, unnamed narrator who is a retired civil servant living in St. Petersburg. The first part of the story is told in monologue form, or the underground man's diary, and attacks emerging Western philosophy. The second part of the book is called "Àpropos of the Wet Snow," and describes certain events that, it seems, are destroying and sometimes renewing the underground man, who acts as a first person, unreliable narrator.


Clif Hostetler said...

Having trouble making sense of "Notes from the Underground"?
Here's a link to a good study guide that includes links to on-line text and other reading guides and analyses.

Clif Hostetler said...

Lecture 30 of this publication is about Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground.
The lecture is describes as follows:
Unappreciated in its own day, Notes from Undergroundserves as an excellent introduction to Dostoevsky's later novels. Through his unnamed narrator, the Russian novelist voiced the desire to rebel against the increasingly mass-produced culture of modern life.

Clif Hostetler said...

If you can't tolerate reading first part of "Notes from the Underground," I suggest skipping to the second part titled "On the Occasion of Wet Snow"

Clif Hostetler said...

We will be discussion the "Federalist Papers" at our December 2 meeting (no November meeting). I suggest we all give some thought to which ones to concentrate our attention. Here's a LINK to a list of the titles.
We'll discuss this at our meeting on Friday.

Clif Hostetler said...

Nine people attended our meeting on October 28 to discuss "Notes from the Underground" by Dostoyevsky. It's interesting to note that some of the worst classic books (in my opinion) create the best discussions.

Those in attendance were Chris, Nicola, Josh, Jan, Tim, Bernie, Tim, Brian, and Clif.