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Underground Man

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Underground Man by Gabriel Tarde is a thought-provoking exploration of the human psyche and the impact of society on individual behavior. Tarde delves deep into the complexities of human nature, examining the ways in which our desires, beliefs, and actions are shaped by external influences.

The novel follows the protagonist as he grapples with his own inner demons and struggles to find his place in a rapidly changing world. Tarde's writing is both introspective and philosophical, posing questions about the nature of identity, free will, and the dynamics of power and control.

Throughout the novel, Tarde skillfully weaves together elements of psychology, philosophy, and social commentary to create a compelling narrative that is both poignant and enlightening. Underground Man is a challenging read, but one that rewards the reader with a deeper understanding of the human condition.

Overall, Underground Man is a powerful and thought-provoking work that challenges readers to reconsider their assumptions about human behavior and society. Tarde's exploration of the underground world of the mind is both unsettling and illuminating, making this novel a must-read for anyone interested in psychology, philosophy, or social theory.

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This post-apocalyptic novella tells the story of the downfall of civilisation and mankind following a solar cataclysm in the late 20th century. To survive, the remnants of humanity had to build a new civilization underground in the complete absence of all species except mankind, choosing to base it only on love and beauty, the fine arts and intellectual pursuits.

In view of the sun's current inactivity, this frighteningly prophetic tale might have been written today, saving that the cultural references and the fluid prose might be beyond, if one dares say so, many modern writers.

Tarde was a French sociologist, criminologist and social psychologist. This novella was, as far as I know, his only venture into the writing of fiction, and is heavy with philosophical, sociological, scientific and even political concepts. It is an absorbing and thought-provoking work.

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