Notes from the Underground & The Gambler

One of the most profound and disturbing works of nineteenth century literature Notes from the Underground is a probing and speculative work often regarded as a forerunner to the Existentialist movement The Gambler explores the compulsive nature of gambling one of Dostoevsky s own vices and a subject he describes with extraordinary acumen and drama Both works are new translations specially commissioned for the World s Classics series

A Confession and Other Religious Writings

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Netochka Nezvanova

Netochka Nezvanova a Nameless Nobody tells the story of a childhood dominated by her stepfather Efimov a failed musician who believes he is a neglected genius The young girl is strangely drawn to this drunken ruin of a man who exploits her and drives the family to poverty But when she is rescued by an aristocratic family the abuse against Netochka s delicate psyche continues in a more subtle way condemning her to remain an outsider a solitary spectator of a glittering society Conceived as part of a novel on a grand scale Netochka Nezvanova remained incomplete after Dostoyevsky was exiled to Siberia for revolutionary activities in With its depiction of the suffering loneliness madness and sin that affect both rich and poor in St Petersburg it contains the great themes that were to dominate his later novels

A Confession

em strong A Confession strong em is a short work on questions of religion by Leo Tolstoy It was first distributed in Russia in br Consisting of autobiographical notes on the development of the author s belief em A Confession em shows the process of searching for answers to the profound questions What will come of my life and What is the meaning of life without answers to which life to him is impossible br Tolstoy shows different attempts to find answers on the examples of science philosophy eastern wisdom and the opinions of his fellow novelists Not having found an acceptable solution in any of these Tolstoy recognizes the deep religious convictions of ordinary people as containing the key to true answers However he