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The House of the Dead (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780140444568
ISBN10: 0140444564
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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 mans spiritual and moral death and the miracle of his gradual reawakening.

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

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The four years that Dostoevsky spent in a Siberian prison camp were brutish and long, the most agonizing of his life. But there is a vitality that overtakes the house of the dead, turning the crisis of its narrator into a slow miracle: the return and reawakening of his personality.

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Fictionalised account of the time Dostoyevsky spent in a Siberian prison camp. Translated by David McDuff.

About the Author

Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), one of nineteenth-century Russias 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 Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov, all available from Penguin Classics.

David McDuff was educated at the University of Edinburgh and has translated a number of works for Penguin Classics, including Dostoyevskys The Brothers Karamazov.

David McDuff was educated at the University of Edinburgh and has translated a number of works for Penguin Classics, including Dostoyevskys The Brothers Karamazov.

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davescottk14, August 18, 2008 (view all comments by davescottk14)
A stunning deeply disturbing 'prequel' to Solzhenitsyn. A strong message about humanity and human spirit, it documents how survival becomes paramount and the skills necessary can be found.
It also documents how the Gulag System was not a peculiarly Soviet invention but an inheritance from older Russian regimen.
A lesson also in current brutality tactics and their futility.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140444568
Translator:
McDuff, David
Author:
McDuff, David
Author:
Dostoevsky, Fyodor Mikhailovich
Author:
Dostoevsky, Fyodor M.
Author:
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Russian & Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Exiles
Subject:
Siberia (Russia) Exiles Fiction.
Subject:
Exiles -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia -- Fiction.
Subject:
Exiles -- Fiction.
Subject:
Siberia (Russia) Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
HS-82
Publication Date:
19860131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.72x5.20x.86 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140444568 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The four years that Dostoevsky spent in a Siberian prison camp were brutish and long, the most agonizing of his life. But there is a vitality that overtakes the house of the dead, turning the crisis of its narrator into a slow miracle: the return and reawakening of his personality.
"Synopsis" by , Fictionalised account of the time Dostoyevsky spent in a Siberian prison camp. Translated by David McDuff.

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