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Notes from a Dead House (Vintage Classics)

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Many of his works are marked by a preoccupation with Christianity, explored through the prism of the individual confronted with life's hardships and beauty. A testament to the power of the human will, the way it can marshal patience and imagination and hope against the most nightmarish assaults on human dignity. 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. During this time in prison he began experiencing the epileptic seizures that would plague him for the rest of his life.

At the start of the book’s second chapter, it occurs to Alexander Petrovich that if a prisoner “were forced, for instance, to pour water from one tub into another and from the other into the first, to grind sand, [or] to carry a pile of dirt from one place to another and back again”—in other words, to spend his time on any work defined by “complete, total uselessness”—he “would hang himself after a few days. It’s one of the guiding assumptions behind Notes from a Dead House that the novel as a form can accommodate the free, nimble movements even of a consciousness linked to an imprisoned body. Everyman’s Library pursues the highest production standards, printing on acid-free cream-colored paper, with full-cloth cases with two-color foil stamping, decorative endpapers, silk ribbon markers, European-style half-round spines, and a full-color illustrated jacket.from the Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, ThePossessed, and The Brothers Karamazov (Morson). In this way, Dostoevsky’s arguments align strongly with Foucault’s theorization of incarceration as being fundamentally incompatible with moral transformation. The first chapter, entitled "Ten years a convict", is an introduction written by an unnamed acquaintance of Goryanchikov.

It might not have been one of Dostoyevsky’s intentions to compose great prison literature—but when he found himself forced to work in the genre, it was no use trying to keep his personality from emerging powerfully and digressively on the page. The House of the Dead ( Russian: Записки из Мёртвого дома, Zapiski iz Myortvovo doma) is a semi-autobiographical novel published in 1860–2 [1] in the journal Vremya [2] by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Forced into close quarters with murderers, thieves, and petty criminals, Dostoyevsky came to believe, as Frank puts it, “in the moral beauty of the Russian peasantry, its infinite capacity to love and forgive those who had for so long sinned against it.

The Bet" 2 Anton Pavlovich Chekhov plain 2021-12-17T19:22:27+00:00 Swarthmore Russian 037 1889 Anton Pavlovich Chekhov 55. From this cloud stood out torn backs, shaved heads; and, to complete the picture, Isaiah Fomitch howling with joy on the highest of the benches. He also undergoes a transformation over the course of his ordeal, as he discovers that even among the most debased criminals there are strong and beautiful souls.Memoirs of a Revolutionist 2 Vera Nikolayevna Figner plain 2021-12-17T19:18:13+00:00 Swarthmore Russian 037 1926 Vera Nikolayevna Figner 59. Turgenev, who was also not enamored of Dostoevsky's larger scale fiction (particularly Demons and Crime and Punishment), described the bath-house scene from House of the Dead as "simply Dantesque". Orloff, a notorious criminal and escapee, who Alexander Petrovich describes as "a brilliant example of the victory of spirit over matter", unlike some other prisoners whose fearfulness proceeded more from their complete submission to matter. Violence and degradation will erode morality and produce criminality, while in contrast, “humane treatment may make a human being even of someone in whom the image of God has faded long ago” (Dostoevsky, 112). Grey is the Color of Hope 2 Irina Borisovna Ratushinskaya plain 2021-12-17T19:20:29+00:00 Swarthmore Russian 037 1988 Irina Borisovna Ratushinskaya 54.

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