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The House of the Dead

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The House of the Dead is a novel published in 1861 by Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky, which portrays the life of convicts in a Siberian prison camp. Dostoyevsky himself spent four years in exile in such a camp following his conviction for involvement in the Petrashevsky Circle. This experience allowed him to describe with great authenticity the conditions of prison life and the characters of the convicts. The narrator, Aleksandr Petrovich Goryanchikov, has been sentenced to penalty deportation to Siberia and ten years of hard labour. Life in prison is particularly hard for Aleksandr Petrovich, since he is a "gentleman" and suffers the malice of the other prisoners, nearly all of whom belong to the peasantry. Gradually Goryanchikov overcomes his revulsion at his situation and his fellow convicts, undergoing a spiritual re-awakening that culminates with his release from the camp. It is a work of great humanity; Dostoyevsky portrays the inmates of the prison with sympathy for their plight, and also expresses admiration for their energy, ingenuity and talent. He concludes that the existence of the prison, with its absurd practices and savage corporal punishments is a tragic fact, both for the prisoners and for Russia itself. - Summary by Wikipedia

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

11h 30m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

12:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

34:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

35:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

33:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

38:14


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

28:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

28:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

14:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

36:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

34:43


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

44:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

29:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

41:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

26:23


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

41:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

28:56


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

42:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

35:47


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

34:21


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:56