The house of the dead russian zapiski iz myortvogo doma is a semi autobiographical novel published in 1860 2 in the journal vremya by russian author fyodor dostoevsky which portrays the life of convicts in a siberian prison camp. Notes from a dead house in this translation is also a good introduction for readers just getting into dostoevsky because it raises so many of the ethical and moral concerns in his later books though only in outline here. Notes from a dead house sometimes translated as the house of the dead is filled with vivid details of brutal punishments shocking conditions feuds and betrayals and the psychological effects of the loss of freedom but it also describes moments of comedy and acts of kindness. Notes from a dead house vintage classics kindle edition by fyodor dostoevsky richard pevear larissa volokhonsky download it once and read it on your kindle device pc phones or tablets use features like bookmarks note taking and highlighting while reading notes from a dead house vintage classics. The form of notes from a dead house is constantly at odds with its subject matter wherever the narrative calls for a dreary roll call of routine tasks and daily humiliations the book darts off digresses or swerves to the side the effect is heightened in the hands of pevear and volokhonsky who as in their earlier dostoyevsky translations
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