The rebellious writer and his friends were

The rebellious writer and his friends were - The rebellious...

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Unformatted text preview: The rebellious writer and his friends were, of course, soon deemed treasonous revolutionaries and placed in prison. After nine months, a number of them, including Dostoevsky, were tried, found guilty, and condemned to be shot by a firing squad. The entire group was accordingly assembled, all preparations were completed, and the victims were tied and blindfolded. Then, seconds before the shots were to be fired, a messenger from the Tsar arrived. A reprieve had been granted. Actually the Tsar had never intended that the men were to be shot; he merely used this cruel method to teach Dostoevsky and his friends a lesson. This harrowing encounter with death, however, haunted him for the rest of his life. After the commutation of the death sentence, Dostoevsky was sent to Siberia and during the four years in prison there, he changed his entire outlook on life. During this time, in horrible living years in prison there, he changed his entire outlook on life....
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