The House of notes from the house of the dead pdf Dead, J. 2 in the journal Vremya by Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky, which portrays the life of convicts in a Siberian prison camp. The book is a loosely-knit collection of facts, events and philosophical discussion organised by “theme” rather than as a continuous story.
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.
After his mock execution on 22 December 1849, Dostoyevsky’s life was spared in exchange for four years of imprisonment in one of Siberia’s katorga labor camps. Though he often was met with hostility from the other prisoners due to his noble status of dvoryanin, his views on life changed. After his time in the camps Dostoyevsky returned to write The House of the Dead.