Notes from the 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.