The House of the Dead

The House of the Dead


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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."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847496669
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.45(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

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 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 Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.

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

Table of Contents

Part 1
I.The House of the Dead5
II.First Impressions16
III.First Impressions30
IV.First Impressions42
V.The First Month55
VI.The First Month67
VII.New Acquaintances--Petrov78
VIII.Determined Characters--Lutchka88
IX.Isay Fomitch--The Bath-House--Baklushin's Story93
XI.The Theatricals120
Part 2
I.The Hospital137
II.The Hospital148
III.The Hospital160
IV.Akulka's Husband (A Story)174
V.Summer Time183
VI.Prison Animals196
VII.The Complaint207
IX.An Escape232
X.How I Left Prison244

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The House of the Dead 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a microcosm of the outside world, the author portrays in a heartfelt and penetrating manner, the struggle of a 'gentleman' to find solace and a place amongst his many hardened, peasant inmates who despise and ridicule him.
justinmenard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I first read this in University. It really opened up my world on the Russian writers. My professor (DONSKOV), explained to us how this was partly autobiographical. Dostoevsky was in prison and writing notes in his bible. Great visual writhing.
tigermel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
House of the Dead, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, is little book about life in a Siberian prison. A couple deep thoughts. Man is a creature that can get accustomed to anything, and I think that is the best definition of him. Tyranny is a habit; it may develop, and it does develop at last, into a disease.It has such beautiful writing about such an awful subject. The basic story is that an older man dies and his friend comes across a manuscript. This manuscript is the story of the man's ten year stint in prison in Siberia. We are talking serious hard labor 1850's prison. Dozens of men sleeping on the floor, bugs, constantly wearing chains, inedible food. It is supposedly autobiographical. The prisoners survive awful conditions and beatings, yet some seem to still have optimism for the future. The only thing i have read that even seemed close was part of Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King. Just haven't read much prison lit. I haven't read anything by Dostoyevsky before and his style is so poetic it is breathtaking.
vaellus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is Dostoyevsky's memoir of his years in a Siberian prison camp. He did create a fictional first-person narrator for this book, but it's so weak that the narrator can't even keep up the facade enough to remember why he was sent to the camp in the first place. This book is incoherent, meandering and disjointed but nonetheless interesting and reveals great love for humanity. It reads like a collection of sketches and short stories woven together loosely by the complete experience. This was Leo Tolstoy's favorite Dostoyevsky book.
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