"Dostoevsky's House of the Dead"

 In 1848, when the whole of Europe was caught up in a wave of revolutions, Fyodor Dostoevsky was arrested as part of the liberal Petrashevsky Circle and sentenced to death. He was led out to be executed by firing squad, only to be reprieved at the last minute and exiled to Siberia instead. His semi-fictionalised memoir of this time was later published as The House of the Dead, one of the earliest works to describe the appalling conditions of Russian prisoners in Siberia, a genre that continued into the twentieth century with writers such as Solzhenitsyn, Shalamov and Ginzburg.

Read The House of the Dead online here.