NOTES FROM A DEAD HOUSE

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY
Translated by RICHARD PEVEAR and LARISSA VOLOKHONSKY
336pp 2015 LIST PRICE: £23.99 LA31

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A powerful new translation of the first great prison memoir. In 1849 Dostoevsky was sentenced to four years at hard labour in a Siberian prison camp for his participation in a utopian socialist discussion group. The account he wrote after his release, based on notes he smuggled out, is filled with vivid details of brutal punishments, shocking conditions, feuds and betrayals, and the psychological effects of the loss of freedom, but it also describes moments of comedy and acts of kindness. There are grotesque bathhouse and hospital scenes that could have come from Dante’s Inferno alongside escape attempts, doomed acts of defiance and a theatrical Christmas celebration in temporary suspension of grim reality.