Jul 07, 12
Read from December 01 to 25, 2010
The House of Dead is the prison in Siberia where the main character, a man coming from the higher societal ranks, spends a number of years for an undisclosed crime. The novel describes mostly the first couple of months in the prison as they have left a heaviest impression on the character. He has to share room and bed with people coming from the lower ranks of the Russian 19th century society which is still mostly feudal. The most impressive are descriptions of the new relationships with prisoners coming from that different world and the way they behave - both individually and as a crowd. Even if they live in the house of the dead, the prisoners are all but dead. Dostoevsky's prison is a picture of the society containing people from different ranks, different nationalities, different religions, different professions, even having its petty criminals - the alcohol smugglers and document forgers. Just beautiful.