Notes From A Dead House

Notes From A Dead House

eBook - 2015
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Master translation of a neglected Russian classic into EnglishLong before Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago came Dostoevsky's Notes from the House of the Dead, a compelling account of the horrific conditions in Siberian labor camps. First published in 1861, this novel, based on Dostoevsky's own experience as a political prisoner, is a forerunner of his famous novels Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov.The characters and situations that Dostoevsky encountered in prison were so violent and extraordinary that they changed his psyche profoundly. Through that experience, he later said, he was resurrected into a new spiritual condition -- one in which he would create some of the greatest novels ever written. Including an illuminating introduction by James Scanlan on Dostoevsky's prison years, this totally new translation by Boris Jakim captures Dostoevsky's semi-autobiographical narrative -- at times coarse, at times intensely emotional, at times philosophical -- in rich American English.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knoff, 2015
ISBN: 0307959600 electronic bk
9780307959607 electronic bk
Characteristics: text file,rda
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" What's more, men who had just run the gauntlet very often arrived in the prisoners' wards with lacerated backs; they were treated with lotions, and then the robe,put on right over the wet shirt, could not possibly help being tainted: everything stayed on it." "To acknowledge one's guilt and ancestral sin is little, very little; it is necessary to break with them completely. And that cannot be done so quickly." " However, I liked lugging bricks not only because the work strengthened my body, but also because it took place on the bank of the Irtysh....Everything there was dear and sweet to me: the bright, hot sun in the bottomless blue sky, and the far-off song of a Kirghiz, carried here from the Kirghiz side."


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