Sorry For Life +

A Book by Charlee Brodsky and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Featuring Max Brodsky


From the Afterword

Sorry for Life is a verbal/visual interpretation and an [extreme] abridgement of Fyodor Dostoyesky’s 1864 novel, Notes from the Underground. In this canine version of the novel, Max Brodsky, a Westie, plays the Underground Man. Max, although young and inexperienced in life, is a good actor. Unlike the Underground Man, Max is a happy guy who wags his tail a lot — he is not mopey, cynical, or judgmental. Whether or not Max is a ‘conscious’ being who exhibits greater or lesser rationality, is also unclear. Max seems calculating when treats abound but it might be more accurate to understand this behavior as a gluttonous, hedonistic, survival instinct rather than free will, rational intelligence, or ‘consciousness’ as defined by man. There are times that man, if given a choice, would take no-consciousness over consciousness, for ‘consciousness’ often turns into constricting ‘self-consciousness’ and gets in the way of having a jolly good time.

All the words in Sorry for Life are by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. For this book, Charlee Brodsky abridged Dostoyevsky’s novel, made the photographs, and designed the book. The typeface is Bembo and the book is printed on Red River Natural Aurora paper. The painting of Dostoyevsky on the last page was made by Vasily Perov in 1872.