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The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Nov 24, 08

bookshelves: classy-fiction
Read in November, 2008

Dostoevsky's quasi-autobiographical account of a man sentenced to penal servitude in Siberia. Any description of the book mentions that Dostoevsky himself as actually brought in front of the firing squad and blindfolded before he was sent directly to the prison camp (Dostoevsky went for political reasons; the character in the novel goes because he killed his wife). Curiously, this incident does not appear in the novel, which virtually all happens within the prison walls. An interesting, though no easy, read--it is a good character study and does an excellent job of bringing to light the effects of mass forced confinement on humanity. There is no plot per se, but the reader's attention is still held quite well by Dostoevsky's ability to find drama even in the repetitive prison environment.

An important book for Dostoevsky, as here he really begins to explore the themes for which he is now remembered.
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message 1: by B (new)

B See also Janacek's opera version, "From the House of the Dead". Next time you're by, I can play you the record.


message 2: by Kelly's (new)

Kelly's To Read List B wrote: "See also Janacek's opera version, "From the House of the Dead". Next time you're by, I can play you the record."

That is bonkers.


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