By Fyodor (H. Sutherland Edwards, Trans. ) Dostoyevsky
In January, 1850, Dostoyevsky was once despatched to a distant Siberian felony camp for his half in a political conspiracy. The 4 years he spent there, startlingly re-created in "The condominium of the Dead", have been the main agonizing of his existence. during this fictionalized account, he recounts his soul-destroying incarceration in the course of the cool, indifferent tones of his narrator, Aleksandr Petrovich Goryanchikov: the day-by-day conflict for survival, the wood plank beds, the cabbage soup swimming with cockroaches, his unusual 'family' of arrogant, gruesome, merciless convicts. but "The apartment of the lifeless" is way greater than a piece of documentary realism: it's also a strong novel of redemption, describing one man's non secular and ethical dying and the miracle of his sluggish reawakening.