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Description - The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The harrowing, fictional memoir of a condemned murderer, this haunting and remarkable novel recounts, in part, the years Dostoyevsky spent in prison for suspected subversive activities. Accused of political subversion as a young man, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was sentenced to four years of hard labor at a Siberian prison camp - a horrifying experience from which he developed this astounding semi-autobiographical memoir of a man condemned to ten years of servitude for murdering his wife. As with a number of the author's other works, this profoundly influential novel brilliantly explores his characters' thoughts while probing the depths of the human soul. Describing in relentless detail the physical and mental suffering of the convicts, Dostoyevsky's character never loses faith in human qualities and the goodness of man. A haunting and remarkable work filled with wonder and resignation, The House of the Dead ranks among the Russian novelist's greatest masterpieces. Of this powerful autobiographical novel, Tolstoy wrote, "I know no better book in all modern literature."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780486434094
ISBN-10: 0486434095
Format: Paperback / softback
(210mm x 132mm x 15mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Dover Publications Inc.
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Publish Date: 25-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

With his sympathetic portrayals of the downtrodden of 19th-century Russian society, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) exercised immense influence on modern writers. His novels featured profound philosophical and psychological insights that anticipated the development of psychoanalysis and existentialism.

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