The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation

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Collins Harvill, Jan 1, 1986 - Concentration camps - 472 pages
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Drawing on his own experiences before, during, and after his 11 years of incarceration and exile, Solzhenitsyn reveals with torrential narrative and dramatic power the entire apparatus of Soviet repression. Through truly Shakespearean portraits of its victims, we encounter the secret police operations, the labor camps and prisons, the uprooting or extermination of whole populations. Yet we also witness astounding moral courage, the incorruptibility with which the occasional individual or a few scattered groups, all defenseless, endured brutality and degradation. Solzhenitsyn's genius has transmuted this grisly indictment into a literary miracle.

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Review: The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 (The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 #1-7)

User Review  - Joshua Steimle - Goodreads

I dare anyone to read this and then try to make the case that we are better off with governments than we would be without them. When is the last time a lack of the State resulted in tens of millions ... Read full review

Review: The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 (The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 #1-7)

User Review  - Litchick (is stuck in the 19th century) - Goodreads

I can't really think of much to say about this book other than to encourage you to read it. It will open your eyes and then blow your mind. Read full review

Contents

Arrest
3
The History of Our Sewage Disposal System
19
The Interrogation
39
Copyright

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Author and historian Aleksandr Isayevick Solzhenitsyn, considered by many to be the preeminent Russian writer of the second half of the 20th century, was born on December 11, 1918 in Kislovodsk in the northern Caucusus Mountains. In 1941, he graduated from Rostov University with a degree in physics and math. He also took correspondence courses at Moscow State University. Solzhenitsyn served in the Russian army during World War II but was arrested in 1945 for writing a letter criticizing Stalin. He spent the next decade in prisons and labor camps and, later, exile, before being allowed to return to central Russia, where he taught and wrote. In 1970, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 1974, he was arrested for treason and exiled following the publication of The Gulag Archipelago. He moved to Switzerland and later the U. S. where he continued to write fiction and history. When the Soviet Union collapsed, he returned to his homeland. He died due to a heart ailment on August 3, 2008.

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