About the author:
Kirill S. Korkonosenko, PhD in Philology, Senior Researcher, Institute of Russian literature (the Pushkin House), Russian Academy of Sciences, Makarova emb., 4, 199034 St. Petersburg, Russia.
Unamuno’s interest in Dostoevsky is directly reflected in his works–in the form of borrowing and revision of themes, images and plots, as well as in the use of indirect quotes from Dostoevsky’s writings read by don Miguel. Notes from Underground definitely influenced the structure and content of his novel Abel Sanchez (1917). This can be confirmed by the large number of readers’ marks of Unamuno in the English edition of the Notes (1915), by mentioning of this work in a list of books close to him in spirit (in the essay A Strange Russophile, 1915), and by textual similarity of fragments of Notes from Underground with fragments of Abel Sanchez.