The House of the Dead

Genre: Realism, Semi-Autobiographical Fiction, Classic Literature Setting: Siberia, Russian Federation, 1850s Pages: 368 The House of the Dead or Notes from the House of the Dead is a semi-autobigraphical work by Fyodor Dostoyevsky about life in prison in Siberian Russia. Dostoyevsky tells his story through the eyes of the convict Aleksandr Petrovich Goryanchikov, a Russian nobleman who is sentenced to penal …

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Hild

Genre: Historical, Medieval Fiction Setting: 7th century Britain, Anglo-Saxon England Pages: 536 Hild is Nicola Griffith's astounding imagining of the origin of the historical and religious figure, St. Hilda of Whitby. When Hild is just 3, her father who is an aetheling (prince) is poisoned. As a result, Hild and her mother Breguswith join her uncle Edwin's court to gain …

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The Casual Vacancy

Genre: Fiction Setting: Pagford, United Kingdom Pages: 503 The Casual Vacancy is a witty and gripping social commentary on contemporary British society, played out in the fictional town of Pagford, an idyllic little village in England where various types of unrest are fomenting beneath the town’s sunny and charming exterior.   Barry Fairbrother, one of …

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