The Classics Club Spin number was revealed yesterday and it was number 14!
I’m just going to give a quick summary of the book in this post and a few stats like the number of pages, the edition I’m using, and other stuff.
The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Jessie Coulson
Summary: In this almost documentary account of his own experiences of penal servitude in Siberia, Dostoevsky describes the physical and mental suffering of the convicts, the squalor and the degradation, in relentless detail. The intricate procedure whereby the men strip for the bath without removing their ten-pound leg-fetters is an extraordinary tour de force, compared by Turgenev to passages from Dante’s Inferno. Terror and resignation – the rampages of a psychopath, the brief serene interlude of Christmas Day – are evoked by Dostoevsky, writing several years after his release, with a strikingly uncharacteristic detachment.
About the author: Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский) was a Russian novelist, philosopher, essayist, and journalist. His literary works explore human psychology, religion, and philosophy in nineteenth-century Russia.
First published: 1862
Edition: Oxford World’s Classics
Number of pages: 366
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
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