The House Of The Dead by Fyodor DostoyevskyThe House Of The Dead by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The House Of The Dead

byFyodor DostoyevskyTranslated byDavid McduffIntroduction byDavid Mcduff

Paperback | January 7, 1986

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‘Here was the house of the living dead, a life like none other upon earth’

In January 1850 Dostoyevsky was sent to a remote Siberian prison camp for his part in a political conspiracy. The four years he spent there, startlingly re-created in The House of the Dead, were the most agonizing of his life. In this fictionalized account he recounts his soul-destroying incarceration through the cool, detached tones of his narrator, Aleksandr Petrovich Goryanchikov: the daily battle for survival, the wooden plank beds, the cabbage soup swimming with cockroaches, his strange ‘family’ of boastful, ugly, cruel convicts. Yet The House of the Dead is far more than a work of documentary realism: it is also a powerful novel of redemption, describing one man’s spiritual and moral death and the miracle of his gradual reawakening.

This edition includes notes and an introduction discussing the circumstances of Dostoyevsky’s imprisonment, the origins of the novel in his prison writings, and the character of Aleksandr Petrovich.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821–1881), one of nineteenth-century Russia’s greatest novelists, spent four years in a convict prison in Siberia, after which he was obliged to enlist in the army. In later years his penchant for gambling sent him deeply into debt. Most of his important works were written after 1864, including Notes from Undergrou...
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Title:The House Of The DeadFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.9 inPublished:January 7, 1986Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140444564

ISBN - 13:9780140444568

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Detailed, moving, rich story. I have read most of Dostoevsky's books and this was probably one of my favourite. His descriptions of the conditions of the prison are very rich in detail whether it is or the horrible or the small spaces of joy found within the dire circumstances. It is not exactly an easy read but at 350 pages it is a much quicker read than most of his works.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spooky The House of the Dead is written by a brilliant Russian author, Dostoevsky. Most of his story are based on his life, consisting of different characters. The House of the Dead takes place in a Siberian prison. The mane character, Aleksandr Goryanchikov, is in the camp for ten years for murdering his wife. His life is hard. Once Aleksandr leaves the Siberian camp, he has a spiritual re-awakening. This is an excellent book
Date published: 2006-08-02

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By the age of 28, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was emerging as a major force in Russian literature. He had published three novels — Poor Folk, The Double and White Nights — and had developed a following in literary circles. But in 1849, he was arrested for his membership in a secret political group and was exiled to a Siberian prison camp. He laboured there for four years, and then spent five more as a soldier before returning to the world of writing — and The House of the Dead is the story of his imprisonment. Unremitting in its bleakness and pessimism, it is nevertheless deeply moving, and a cornerstone of modern writing.