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Notes from Underground & The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Nov 06, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: philosophy, self-narratives, reviews

A genius of a book written by a mind that can effortlessly delve into the nuts, bolts and avagadros of the psyche.

Regard this extract:

Every man has reminiscences which he would not tell to everyone, but only to his friends. He has other matters in his mind which he would not reveal even to his friends, but only to himself, and that in secret. But there are other things which a man is afraid to tell even to himself, and every decent man has a number of such things stored away in his mind. The more decent he is, the greater the number of such things in his mind.

After the Upanishads, it took around 2500 human years for man to explore the innards of himself; By a drunkard and a pathological gambler to be this original, before the world wars, before the pentium processors, before blogging, before any one single man had any guts to sit in a corner and think for himself about himself and his insignificance in the scheme of things, is what makes this book a precious gem.

PS- My copy of the book is bound in an apt cover featuring the handsome self portrait of Kramskoy; Cant find it here.
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