House of the Dead Author:Fyodor Dostoyevsky In 1849, at the age of 28, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was unjustly accused of political conspiracy and sentenced to four years of hard labor at a Siberian prison camp. there, among thieves, murderers and low-born convicts, he endured horrifying degradation. But he never lost faith in the human qualities of even the most bestial criminal types, and from ... more »this crushing experience of imprisonment,he emerged spiritually strengthened.
The House of the dead, presented in fictional form as the memoirs of a man condemned to ten years of penal servitude for murdering his wife, is in essence the account of this purgatorial period of Dostoyevsky's life. It is a remarkable, haunting work, and was considered by Tolstoy to be the best of Dostoyevsky's achievements.« less