Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was born in Moscow in 1821. He wrote many works of fiction including Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov. He died in St. Petersburg on 9th February 1881.
DBC Pierre is a critically acclaimed author, and has written a new introduction to Notes From Underground. His first novel Vernon God Little won the Man Booker Prize and the Whitbread. Pierre's peripatetic background and experiences, coupled with his fascination with Dostoyevsky's Underground man make him an original and inspired narrator for this.
Natasha Randall has worked as a translator from the Russian for many years in New York, Moscow and St. Petersburg. She has translated a number of the Russian greats including Mikhail Lermontov. Her writing has appeared in A Public Space, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, The Moscow Times, BookForum, The New York Times, HALI magazine, The Strad magazine, The St. Petersburg Times (FL), and on National Public Radio.