go to site Hence, he argued, each European nation is an enemy to its own welfare and that of the world in general. To this very disassociation he attributed, without quite understanding the rest of us, our not understanding the Russian people, and our taxing them with "a lack of personality.
Among his own folk, he avowed, we would find none of the imperviousness, the intolerance, of the average European. The Russian adapts himself with ease to the play of contemporary thought and has no difficulty in assimilating any new idea. He sees where it will help his fellow-creatures and where it fails to be of value. He divines the process by which ideas, even the most divergent, the most hostile to one another, may meet and blend. Possibly, recognising this, M. But in truth he had no need to fear any weakening of his natural fibre and racial proclivities, or of the authentic utterance wrung out of him by the hard and cruel thongs of experience.
We see the rigorous sincerity of his record again in the sheer autobiography contained in the present work, The House of the Dead. It was in the fatal winter of when he was with many others, mostly very young men like himself, sentenced to death for his liberal political propaganda; a sentence which was at the last moment commuted to imprisonment in the Siberian prisons. Out of that terror, which turned youth grey, was distilled the terrible reality of The House of the Dead.
If one would truly fathom how deep that reality is, and what its phenomenon in literature amounts to, one should turn again to that favourite idyllic book of youth, by my countrywoman Mme. But he was no idyllist, though he could be tender as Mme. What he felt about these things you can tell from his stories. If a more explicit statement in the theoretic side be asked of him, take this plain avowal from his confession books of Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser.
Product details File Size: Library of Alexandria December 27, Publication Date: December 27, Sold by: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 30 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. At the end of either a later edition of Survival or The Truce an even greater book Levi answers a question about the Gulag versus the German extermination camps and references this very autobiographical book by Dostoyevsky.
It is an unsparingly horrific description of czarist exile to Siberian prisons.
Perhaps it was worse under Stalin than the czars. In any case House is worth five stars. Admittedly, this is my first Fyodor Dostoyevsky book that I have read and it took me awhile to get used to the writing style: I have stopped halfway through and I am now reading Crime and Punishment, which I really wish I would have started before this to be honest.. I highly recommend starting with a different work, I feel that House of the Dead could then be appreciated more.
I am looking forward to finishing it! The book is not an easy read.
The book is not an easy read. We also see the cruelty of the despotic officer placed over them due to his lack of accountability. He lives side by side with another convict, who has not once during all his time in prison reflected on the murder he is expiating. Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es. Please try again later.
The oppressive nature of the prison emanates from the pages. But there is interest and variety even within such a limited sphere of life. The convicts find ways to assert their need for liberty even within, primarily through having money and spending it. There is a strict social hierarchy that inverts the hierarchy on the outside.
The nobles are despised due to their privilege and the peasants find comraderie with each other. Though despised at the beginning the author gains their affection and respect, though he is never seen as an equal.
We also see the cruelty of the despotic officer placed over them due to his lack of accountability. At the end I feel I gained a new appreciation for my own freedom. Here's old Fyodor writing in a realistic vein: It makes you appreciate how he melded traits in his later novels. It's interesting to compare the book to Hugo's "Last Day of a Condemned Man," and, of course, to see where Foucault's "Discipline and Punish" is coming from.
As a free book, you can't go wrong. I was looking over the free books and chose this one. I had written a book report on this book in college about 40 years ago, based on the "Cliff Notes" version. Although it sounds strange, the reading of the synopsis years ago actually added to my enjoyment of the actual book now.
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I remembered some of the explanations from the notes that helped explain what I was currently reading. The book is very interesting but can be confusing at times. You are interpreting terms and explanations in a foreign tongue from over years ago. Overview Music Video Charts. Opening the iTunes Store. If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.
If Apple Books doesn't open, click the Books app in your Dock. Click I Have iTunes to open it now. View More by This Author. Description Trajectory presents classics of world literature with 21st century features! Customer Ratings We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this book. More by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Notes from the Underground.