Travels from Dostoevsky's Siberia: Encounters with Polish Literary Exiles - Studies in Comparative Literature and Intellectual History (Paperback)Elizabeth A. Blake (editor)
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Publisher: Academic Studies Press
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 7 g
"In Travels from Dostoevsky's Siberia, Elizabeth Blake performs the invaluable service of making available in English translation the fascinating memoirs of Josef Boguslawski and Rufin Piotrowski, who were each sentenced for seditious activities to Siberian katorga and left accounts of their travels and travails. At the same time, Blake presents these memoirs as a supplement to 'Dostoevsky's impressions of the Dead House with diverse depictions of the penal system in the empire of Nicholas I and its myriad means of torment,' but also valuable for their vivid descriptions of Western Siberia as seen through the 'Western eyes' of these Polish prisoners. ... Taken together, the documents provide a wealth of detail and offer Anglophone readers invaluable insight into the Polish experience of exile and penal servitude in the Russian Empire." -Lynn Ellen Patyk, Dartmouth College, Russian Review
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