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Memoirs from the House of the Dead - (Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)) by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Number of Pages: 366

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Series Title: Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Language: English

Street Date: August 1, 2008
TCIN: 77780606
UPC: 9780199540518
Item Number (DPCI): 247-08-4981

Description

In this almost documentary account of his own experiences of penal servitude in Serbia, Dostoevsky describes the physical and mental suffering of the convicts, the squalor and the degradation, in relentless detail. The inticate 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 pyschopath, the brief serence interlude of Christmas Day - are evoked by Dostoevsky, writing several years after his release, with a strikingly uncharacteristic detachment. For this reason, House of the Dead is certainly the least Dostoevskian of his works, yet, paradoxically, it ranks among his great masterpieces.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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