First published in 1864, “Notes from the Underground” is a novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky and widely believed to be one of the first works of existentialist literature. The narrative is presented as a extract from the memoirs of an embittered ex-civil servant residing in St. Petersburg. It contains two parts: the first, a monologue attacking emerging Western philosophy; the second, an account of various events that seem to be both destructive and restorative to our narrator and anti-hero. Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821 – 1881) was a Russian novelist, essayist, short story writer, journalist, and philosopher. His literature examines human psychology during the turbulent social, spiritual and political atmosphere of 19th-century Russia, and he is considered one of the greatest psychologists in world literature. A prolific writer, Dostoevsky produced 11 novels, three novellas, 17 short stories and numerous other works. This volume is not to be missed by fans of Russian literature and collectors of Dostoevsky’s seminal work. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.