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The House of the Dead is a stark account of Dostoyevsky's own experience of penal servitude in Siberia. In graphic detail he describes the suffering of the convicts - their squalor and degradation, their terror and resignation, from the rampages of a pyschopath to the brief serenity of Christmas Day. Amid the horror of labour in the sub-zero work camp, we hear the stories ...more
Paperback, Wordsworth Classics, 454 pages
Published May 5th 2010 by Wordsworth Classics (first published 1867)
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Steve Evans
This is a thinly disguised autobiographical novel that is a compelling view of life in prison in mid-19th century Russia. In some ways it is surprising that in a country that at the time practised widespread censorship that it was able to be published, though perhaps the authorities thought it would "encourager les autres". In any case it is "typical" Dostoevsky fare - that is to say, terrific in its understated, realistic horror. There are also - typically - strange faults, as the narrator, who ...more
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[TG: four stars, THotD: three] The Gambler is the superior of the two novellas here. Very similar to The Idiot, published two years later in 1969. No writer that I know of is nearly so tragic and compelling in communicating the absurdity and brutality of human psychology itself. A true mystic, and as said, iirc, by Jung, Dostoyevsky is the greatest psychologist.
John

A fascinating read, a very vivid, candid and elegantly straightforward account of life in a Russian penal colony. Dostoyevsky was able to pass along the lessons and anecdotes he bitterly learned over years of hard labor.
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Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский), sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th century novel.

Dostoevsky was the second son of a former army doctor. He was educated at home and at a private school. Shortly after the death
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