Notes from Underground
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Set in the twilight years of the Czechoslovak communist regime, recalled from the suburbs of Washington, this novel describes a doomed love affair between two young people trapped by the system. Roger Scruton evokes a world in which every word and gesture bears a double meaning, as people seek to find truth amid the lies and love in the midst of betrayal. The novel tells the story of Jan Reichl, condemned to a menial life by his father's alleged crime, and of Betka, the girl who offers him
The story unwinds in the old age of Czechoslovak about young man named Jan Reichi. His doomed love story which is imprisoned by the system. Jan Reichi is denounced for his father's claimed crime. Betka, the whom young girl Jan falls in love, ...more
Notes from U., a work of fiction, does not disappoint that half-expectation: Roger S. uses his personal experience with the urderground Prague of the 80s and the result resembles, for that time and place, what Grahan G.'s The Third Man is for the 50's Vienna.
It is a good story, that takes Prague as a tantalizing background, but lacks something: sometimes the text reminds you ...more
Like in Dostoevsky, the characters are set up as representations of certain ideas. And then they talk about them. And talk about them. And go on talking about them, with nary a pause for ...more