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The House of the Dead
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, Dostoyevsky was sentenced to four years of hard labor at a Siberian prison camp and#8212; a horrifying experience from which, years later, he developed this semi-autobiographical memoir of a man condemned to penal servitude for murdering his wife. Describing in relentless detail the physical and mental suffering of the convicts, this haunting and remarkable work ranks among Dostoyevsky’s greatest masterpieces.