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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,386 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky Narrator: Walter Covell Publisher: Jimcin Recordings Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN:
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The House of the Dead was published in 1862 by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. It is very different from Dostoevsky's more famous and intricately plotted novels, like Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov.

The book is a loosely-knit collection of facts and events connected to life in a Siberian prison, organized by theme rather than as a continuous story. Dostoevsky himself spent four years as a political prisoner in such a camp. This experience allowed him to describe with great authenticity the conditions of prison life and the characters of the convicts. Thus, though presented as a work of fiction, The House of the Dead is actually a thinly veiled autobiography of one portion of the author's life.

Although not Dostoevsky's greatest work, The House of the Dead is still a fascinating portrait of life in a Siberian prison camp - a life of great hardship and deprivation, yet filled with simple moments of humanity showing mankind's ability to adapt and survive in the most extreme of circumstances.

Dostoevsky tells his story in a chronological order, from his character's arrival and his sense of alienation to his gradual adjustment to prison and the return of hope as he realises that he can survive and will have a life after the completion of his term. The book is universally acknowledged as a classic and is a fascinating story, especially for those familiar with Dostoevsky and his other works. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 doug bowman | 2/16/2014

    " Ah, my aRussian period "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric Iman | 2/10/2014

    " Please mentally add a half star to my rating. Skipped Poor Folks because I couldn't find it and began my travail of reading all of FD's novels with this one. As can be imagined, it had similarities with Ivan Denysovic (but covered 10 years instead of one day) and Kolyma Tales (although FD seemed to actually enjoy the stay). The fictionalized version of FD's term in a Siberian prison, he covered the many hardships endured and provided wonderful characterizations of the varied convicts he served with. As is usual with FD, he finds a glimmer of hope within the dregs of mankind and he then goes on to make an impassioned case against capital punishment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared Carter | 2/5/2014

    " A semi-fictional account of Dostoevsky's four-year term in a Siberian prison camp. 'Twas written before he reached his creative peak, but in this book you can feel him ready to break out and unleash his genius upon the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ksenia | 2/1/2014

    " Alongside with "Notes from Underground", "Demons" and " The Brothers Karamazov" I consider "The House of the Dead" to be one of the most outstanding novels written by Dostoevsky as well as the most authentic one. While Shalamov shows the monstrous side of exile and Solzhenitsyn sees benefits of it, Dostoevsky (still much earlier and in some other conditions) hightlights both aspects. The delicate skill of the author to observe and analyze hardly can fail to impress. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Reeser | 1/31/2014

    " A great portrait of the gulag, as seen by Dostoyevsky when he was sent to Siberia. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sophie | 1/17/2014

    " The only Dostoevsky that I pretty much actively disliked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MJ Nicholls | 12/26/2013

    " Poor bastard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Kennedy | 12/2/2013

    " A haunting book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex Guillen | 11/24/2013

    " This was my introduction to the world of Dostoevsky. A brutal depiction of prison life in Siberia, based on his own experience. If you're an appreciator of Dostoevsky's works, I highly recommend reading this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri | 10/29/2013

    " omg there's a typo on page 3! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlise | 10/17/2013

    " This book was not ruined for me by recently attending the Janacek opera version at the Met. Seems to be a lot more about class than love compared to the opera. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 7/14/2012

    " Similar to One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (which I quite liked), but much harsher, for a much longer period of time, and plenty more heart-wrenchingly tragic and amusing moments. Dostoevsky portrays the awful reality of the Serbian prison camps. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonathan | 2/10/2012

    " I love Dostoevskii. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MountainShelby | 12/30/2011

    " Reading Dostoyevsky is a journey and an education. His works stay with you long after the last page is turned. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trevor | 9/25/2010

    " Actually I didn't 'finish' this book... I had to set it aside for another time. We'll see if when I pick it up again I can enjoy it more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Owen | 6/24/2010

    " Offers deep insight into Dostoevsky's life and work, Czarist Russia and the future Gulag. Read before reading Solzhenitsyn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shari | 4/10/2010

    " A profound read. Full of pathos and heartbreaking testimonies of life in a Siberian prison. The author wrote some of the wisdom he had discovered in his imprisonment and it is quite touching, eye-opening. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 5/13/2009

    " Tedious. No plot. The characters where very real in some ways but it read like a psychological analysis. Completely lacking emotion from the narrator. My first Dostoyevsky and now I'm thinking I probably should have started with Crime and Punishment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey | 2/4/2009

    " Excellent! There's not really any overarching story, but I found the individual stories and character studies to be very engaging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caligula | 7/28/2008

    " My favorite book by Dostoevsky so far about being in a hellish prison in Siberia. Very dark and nightmarish, especially because it is non-fiction. "

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About the Author

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky (1821–1881) was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the darkest recesses of the human heart had a profound and universal influence on the twentieth-century novel. He was born in Moscow, the son of a surgeon. Leaving the study of engineering for literature, he published Poor Folk in 1846. As a member of revolutionary circles in St. Petersburg, he was condemned to death in 1849. A last-minute reprieve sent him to Siberia for hard labor. Returning to St. Petersburg in 1859, he worked as a journalist and completed his masterpiece, Crime and Punishment, as well as other works, including The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov.