Notes from underground generally referred to by critics as the underground man who is a retired civil servant living in st petersburg the first part of the story is told in monologue form or the underground mans diary and attacks emerging western philosophy . The underground man is a detective novel of merciless suspense and tragic depth with an unfaltering insight into the moral ambiguities at the heart of californias version of the american dream if any writer can be said to have inherited the mantle of dashiell hammet and raymond chandler it was ross macdonald. Mick jackson born 1960 is a british writer from england best known for his novel the underground man 1997 the book based on the life of william cavendish scott bentinck 5th duke of portland was shortlisted for the man booker prize and for the 1997 whitbread award for best first novel. The underground man is a spiteful man whose ideas we may agree with and admire but whose actions we hate and deplore these contradictory reactions to him suggest something of the duality of his own nature. The underground man the anonymous narrator and protagonist of the novelthe underground man is a minor civil servant living in nineteenth century st petersburg who has retired completely into what he calls the underground a state of total alienation and isolation from society
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