In January, 1850, Dostoyevsky was sent to a remote Siberian prison camp for his part in a political conspiracy. The four years he spent there, startlingly re-created in "The House of the Dead", were the most agonizing of his life. In this ...
fictionalized account, he recounts his soul-destroying incarceration through the cool, detached tones of his narrator, Aleksandr Petrovich Goryanchikov: the daily battle for survival, the wooden plank beds, the cabbage soup swimming with cockroaches, his strange 'family' of boastful, ugly, cruel convicts. Yet "The House of the Dead" is far more than a work of documentary realism: it is also a powerful novel of redemption, describing one man's spiritual and moral death and the miracle of his gradual reawakening.
Such a different style to 'The Brothers Karamazov' - not so much passion, variety of characters, etc. - yet it has much depth. Presents a terrific picture of life in prison under the Zsar. A provocative book.
Reading this it should be remembered that it is more like a theme than a story. Dostoyevsky himself experienced prison life which I think makes this fairly trustworthy. Not his best but overall an interesting insight to the relationships of inmates
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