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Notes from the Underground

Notes from the Underground
Part I
Underground*
*The author of the diary and the diary itself
are, of course, imaginary. Nevertheless it is
clear that such persons as the writer of these
notes not only may, but positively must,
exist in our society, when we consider the
circumstances in the midst of which our
society is formed. I have tried to expose to
the view of the public more distinctly than
is commonly done, one of the characters of
the recent past. He is one of the
representatives of a generation still living.
In this fragment, entitled ‘Underground,’
this person introduces himself and his
views, and, as it were, tries to explain the
causes owing to which he has made his
appearance and was bound to make his
appearance in our midst. In the second
fragment there are added the actual notes of
this person concerning certain events in his
life. —AUTHOR’S NOTE.
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