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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.



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    Comments about The House of the Dead:

    I have read this book 3 times over 30 years.
    It give a first hand account of what it was like to be sentenced to a Russian Gulag in the late 1800.
    Dostoyevsky describes in detail every day life in such a brutal environment.
    Those prisoners with no access to money survived on Cabbage soup infested with cockroaches and dry bread.. Fetters were worn 24 hours a day. They slept on wooden plank beds with only a thick coat as bedding. In each barrack there were 30 prisoners. The toilet was a night pail in the corner. Imagine the smell.
    Those prisoners who committed murder were given 4000 lashes. Half to start with, then given time to heal. The other 2000 lashes were then inflicted on them. Many prisoners died from these beatings.
    Dostoyevsky described his first impressions thus, In Summer, intolerable closeness, in Winter, unendurable cold, - 30 degrees. All the floors were rotten. Filth on the floor an inch deep. "We were packed in like Herrings in a barrel. There was no room to turn around. From dawn to dusk it was impossible not to behave like pigs. Fleas, lice and black beetles by the bushel. "
    I fail to understand why this book has not been made into a movie.
    Do yourself a favour and read this book for an insight in mans inhumanity to man.

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    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.

    Visit Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Booktopia Author Page

    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): 19.9 x 13.0  x 1.8
    Weight (kg): 0.28
    Edition Number: 1