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.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky—The House Of The Dead

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