“Only look about you: blood is being spilled in streams, and in the merriest way.”

– Dostoevsky (Walter Kaufmann, Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre (New York: Meridian, 1975). P. 14. 1 Ibid., p. 52. 2 Ibid. 3 Dostoevsky (1821-1881))

Nietzsche discovered “Notes from Underground” in 1887 and supplies us with this remark(from a postcard to a friend):“I did not even know the name of Dostoevsky just a few weeks ago . . . An accidental reach of the arm in a bookstore brought to my attention L’esprit souterrain,a work just translated into French. . . . The instinct of kinship (or how should I name it?) spoke upimmediately; my joy was extraordinary.”


Comments are closed.