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Notes from the Underground

Notes from the Underground

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Another Dostoyevsky masterpiece. Full version
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Notes from theUnderground
Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Part I
Underground**The author of the diary and the diary itself are, of course, imaginary. Nevertheless it isclear that such persons as the writer of thesenotes not only may, but positively must,exist in our society, when we consider thecircumstances in the midst of which our society is formed. I have tried to expose tothe view of the public more distinctly thanis commonly done, one of the characters of the recent past. He is one of therepresentatives of a generation still living.In this fragment, entitled ‘Underground,this person introduces himself and hisviews, and, as it were, tries to explain thecauses owing to which he has made hisappearance and was bound to make hisappearance in our midst. In the secondfragment there are added the actual notes of this person concerning certain events in hislife. —AUTHOR’S NOTE.
 
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I am a sick man. ... I am a spiteful man. I am anunattractive man. I believe my liver is diseased. However,I know nothing at all about my disease, and do not knowfor certain what ails me. I don’t consult a doctor for it, andnever have, though I have a respect for medicine anddoctors. Besides, I am extremely superstitious, sufficientlyso to respect medicine, anyway (I am well-educatedenough not to be superstitious, but I am superstitious).No, I refuse to consult a doctor from spite. That youprobably will not understand. Well, I understand it,though. Of course, I can’t explain who it is precisely that Iam mortifying in this case by my spite: I am perfectly wellaware that I cannot ‘pay out’ the doctors by not consultingthem; I know better than anyone that by all this I am onlyinjuring myself and no one else. But still, if I don’t consulta doctor it is from spite. My liver is bad, well—let it getworse!I have been going on like that for a long time—twenty years. Now I am forty. I used to be in the governmentservice, but am no longer. I was a spiteful official. I wasrude and took pleasure in being so. I did not take bribes, you see, so I was bound to find a recompense in that, at
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