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What Is to Be Done?

What Is to Be Done?( )
Author: Chernyshevsky, Nikolai G.
Translator: Katz, Michael R.
Notes by: Wagner, William G.
ISBN:978-0-8014-1744-3
Publication Date:Jan 1989
Publisher:Cornell University Press
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $50.00
Book Description:

Almost from the moment of its publication in 1863, Nikolai Chernyshevsky's novel, What Is to Be Done?, had a profound impact on the course of Russian literature and politics. The idealized image it offered of dedicated and self-sacrificing intellectuals transforming society by means of scientific knowledge served as a model of inspiration for...

Book Details
Pages:464
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Literary
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.12 x 9.25 x 1.28 Inches
Book Weight:0.125 Pounds
Author Biography
Chernyshevsky, Nikolai G. (Author)
Together with Nikolai Dobrolyubov and Dmitry Pisarev, Nikolai Chernyshevsky was a leading radical thinker of the mid-nineteenth century. Championing materialism, utilitarianism, and a rather naive idea of social and historical progress, he infused his very influential literary criticism with his social views. His most important philosophical work is The Anthropological Principle in Philosophy (1860), in which he argued that social environment determines human behavior and espoused a rational egoism; the treatise became the underpinning of much subsequent radical literature.

Chernyshevsky wrote his most famous book, What Is to Be Done? (1863), while imprisoned for revolutionary activity. Almost devoid of artistic merit, deliberately unliterary, the novel celebrates female emancipation and the new radical intelligentsia, and offers a vision of a future utopia. Its ideas enormously inspired generations of Russian intellectuals, who regarded it as a major classic. It also has been mercilessly pilloried, first by Dostoyevsky in Notes from Underground, and more recently by Nabokov in The Gift.

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