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This is an auction for THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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"THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD is a novel published in 1862 by Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky, which portrays the life of convicts in a Siberian prison camp. The book is a loosely-knit collection of facts and events connected to life in a Siberian prison, organised by theme rather than as a continuous story. Dostoevsky himself spent four years in exile in such a camp following his conviction for involvement in the Petrashevsky circle. This experience allowed him to describe with great authenticity the conditions of prison life and the characters of the convicts. In 1927-1928, Leos Janacek wrote an operatic version of the novel, with the title From the House of the Dead . . . The narrator, Aleksandr Petrovich Goryanchikov, has been sentenced to penalty deportation to Siberia and ten years of hard labour. Life in prison is particularly hard for Aleksandr Petrovich, since he is a "gentleman" and suffers the malice of the other prisoners, nearly all of whom belong to the peasantry. Gradually Goryanchikov overcomes his revulsion at his situation and his fellow convicts, undergoing a spiritual re-awakening that culminates with his release from the camp. It is a work of great humanity; Dostoyevsky portrays the inmates of the prison with sympathy for their plight, and also expresses admiration for their energy, ingenuity and talent. He concludes that the existence of the prison, with its absurd practices and savage corporal punishments is a tragic fact, both for the prisoners and for Russia itself . . . "

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A morocco-bound hardback (from the same edition as the books in the photograph).

Undated, but about 1970

308 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect these books from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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