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The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Aug 09, 11


This early work semi-autobiographical novel by Dostoevsky contains many of the same, subjective, salvation through the redemptive power of the religion, and an honest, but sympathetic look at the peasentry. The details of the prison life create an almost suffocating and tragic view of the prison system in Tsarist Russia. The beginnings of Dostoesvky's descriptions of extreme personalities and psychologies, I feel, are readily apparent in this particular work. Unlike some of his other short stories and novellas, I feel that the House of the Dead is a good read even for those not Dostoevsky fans. Overall, though not as suberb as his later works, house of the dead is a very good edition to anyone's Russian writer library.
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