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The House of the Dead & The Gambler

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  74 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
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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Johan Haneveld
Feb 19, 2015 Johan Haneveld rated it really liked it
One of the lesser 'Dostoevsky's' that I read so far. But a lesser Dostoevsky is still a great work in its own right, and I believe scenes and insights from these two novels (here collected in one volume) will continue to haunt me and inform my view of life in years to come. The first of the two novels is hardly a novel, as it hasn't a narrative to speak of, but is a very involving description of life in a Syberian prisoncamp, as Dostoevsky experienced himself for several years. The protagonist i ...more
Jan 11, 2017 Hayley rated it liked it
The House of the Dead was a bit on the disappointing side. For something that was inspired by his own imprisonment, I had hoped for something with a bit more passion. What I got was a meandering, timeless mess of recollections that left practically no impression whatsoever. The writing was good, but if the structure isn't there, then it leaves a lot to be desired.

The far superior novel in this collection, The Gambler is a fascinating look at the dangers of gambling, as well as the kind of socia
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Mar 27, 2012 Steve Evans rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 20, 2016 Dimitri rated it liked it
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While some of Dostojevski's authobiographical observations of prison life are only comprehensible to those knowledgable about customs of tsarist Russia, others resonate through the gulags down to the present day, as you can tell a lot about a society by observing its prisoners. I am no crusader for prison reform at heart, but one of his closing statements tugs a string: "And how much youth lay uselessly buried within those walls, what mighty powers were wasted here in vain! After all, one must t ...more
☭ Danny
[TG: three or maybe four stars, THotD: two] 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.
Dec 24, 2013 John rated it really liked it

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.

Dostoyevsky 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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