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The House of the Dead / The Gambler

The House of the Dead / The Gambler

Paperback

Series: Wordsworth Classics

Classic Fiction

ISBN10: 1840226293
ISBN13: 9781840226294
Publisher: Wordsworth Ed
Published: May 5 2010
Pages: 454
Weight: 0.65
Height: 1.20 Width: 4.90 Depth: 7.70
Language: English

Translated by Constance Garnett with an introduction by Anthony Briggs.

Dostoevsky's fascination for mental breakdown and violence (20 murders in his four main novels) was based on his own life, and these two unmistakably autobiographical works bear this out.

The House of the Dead is fiction, but based on his four years in a Siberian prison. An educated upper-class man is condemned to live among criminals and brutal guards, with arbitrary punishments, lousy food, disgusting living conditions, hard toil and many floggings. Somehow he avoids bitterness and recrimination; faith in humanity survives. With its breadth of characterisation, acute sense of detail and strong narrative interest, this work can still shock, entertain and inspire.

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