Book Review: The House Of The Dead, Or Prison Life In Siberia

Edge Induced Cohesion

The House Of The Dead, Or Prison Life In Siberia, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

It is a truism, even perhaps a cliche, that people should write about what they know.  And before Dostoevsky was a celebrated Russian writer whose novels continue to draw a great deal of praise and acclaim, he was a jailbird in Siberia for political offenses.  So it is little surprise that the world of prison literature [1] is enriched by this very semi-autobiographical novel of a Russian nobleman who had spent ten years in prison.  I cannot say that I found this book pleasant to read, necessarily, but I did find it to be a compelling piece of literature that demonstrates the author’s awareness of the folly of prison as a way of reforming those who have been convicted of crimes and also as a look into the psyche of the Russian people as a sensitive and…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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