BURIED ALIVE or, Ten Years of Penal Servitude in Siberia

BURIED ALIVE or, Ten Years of Penal Servitude in Siberia

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Marie von Thilo

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"BURIED ALIVE" is, as its second title indicates, a record of ten years' penal servitude in Siberia.

The Author, whose name ranks high among modern Russian Writers, was exiled to Siberia for his political opinions under the reign of Czar Nicholas, but subsequently he obtained his pardon from Alexander II. and was permitted to return to Russia. Here he wrote his book which produced a considerable sensation, before the time of this book's publication, very little had been known about convict prisoners in general, except that they were exiled to Siberia and there dragged out a miserable existence, either in the mines or in a convict prison.

It was the Author's purpose, in writing this book, to draw the public attention to the terrible abuses and cruelties which existed in those prisons. The convicts were entirely at their superiors' mercy, who might do with them whatever they liked without much fear of being called to account for their cruelty.

The Author has put his narrative into the mouth of a young Russian nobleman who had been sentenced to penal servitude in Siberia for murdering his wife in a fit of jealousy. But he has refrained from giving the history of the whole time of his exile as it might have been rather monotonous, and has confined himself to such episodes as would serve to illustrate most forcibly the life and customs of convict prisoners, interweaving with the original narrative several tales told by the Author's fellow-prisoners at various times.

"Buried Alive" is wholly a Russian story. The characters which appear in it are with one or two exceptions of the true Russian type, and the glimpses which we occasionally obtain of their post lives give us an insight into the family life of the Russian peasant and small tradesman.

Years have passed away since the Author of Buried Alive wrote his book; and though in a short time after its publication, some of the abuses have been reformed and abolished, still the life and sufferings of the convict prisoner have remained much the same, and the narrative may be considered as a faithful picture of life in a Siberian convict prison even at the present time.

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BN ID: 2940016234250
Publisher: OGB
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
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