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The House of the Dead  : Penguin Classics - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The House of the Dead

Penguin Classics


Published: April 1986
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Accused of political subversion as a young man, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was sentenced to four years of hard labor at a Siberian prison camp -- a horrifying experience from which he developed this astounding semi-autobiographical memoir of a man condemned to ten years of servitude for murdering his wife. As with a number of the author's other works, this profoundly influential novel brilliantly explores his characters' thoughts while probing the depths of the human soul. Describing in relentless detail the physical and mental suffering of the convicts, Dostoyevsky's character never loses faith in human qualities and the goodness of man. A haunting and remarkable work filled with wonder and resignation, The House of The Dead ranks among the Russian novelist's greatest masterpieces.

Of this powerful autobiographical novel, Tolstoy wrote, "I know no better book in all modern literature."

About the Author

Moscow-born Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) served time in a convict prison for his political alliances, and in his later years his passion for gambling led him deeply into debt. His novels include The Devils and The Brothers Karamazov. Ronald Wilks has translated numerous volumes for the Classics, including most recently Chekhov's stories and forthcoming editions of Tolstoy's stories, and Gogol's stories and plays.

Introductionp. 1
The House of the Deadp. 5
First Impressionsp. 16
First Impressionsp. 30
First Impressionsp. 42
The First Monthp. 55
The First Monthp. 67
New Acquaintances--Petrovp. 78
Determined Characters--Lutchkap. 88
Isay Fomitch--The Bath-House--Baklushin's Storyp. 93
Christmasp. 106
The Theatricalsp. 120
The Hospitalp. 137
The Hospitalp. 148
The Hospitalp. 160
Akulka's Husband (A Story)p. 174
Summer Timep. 183
Prison Animalsp. 196
The Complaintp. 207
Comradesp. 221
An Escapep. 232
How I Left Prisonp. 244
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fyodor Mikhailovitch Dostoevsky was a Russian writer and essayist, notably known for his novels Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov.
Dostoyevsky's literary output explores human psychology in the troubled political, social and spiritual context of 19th-century Russian society. Considered by many as a founder or precursor of 20th-century existentialism, his Notes from Underground (1864), written in the embittered voice of the anonymous "underground man", was called the "best overture for existentialism ever written" by Walter Kaufmann. A prominent figure in world literature, Dostoyevsky is often acknowledged by critics as one of the greatest psychologists in world literature. Freud said his book The Brothers Karamazov contained all the psychology.

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ISBN: 9780140444568
ISBN-10: 0140444564
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: April 1986
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1