The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: an experiment in literary investigation

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Collins Harvill, Mar 13, 1986 - History - 472 pages
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Review: The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Books I-II (The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 #1-2)

User Review  - Keith Perena - Goodreads

Take the book with patience. Some will laugh at Solzhenitsyn's dark humor when he does some wordplay which he then follows up with the cold facts of the Soviet labor system. The Archipelago is enjoyable as it is heavy. A beautiful combination of imagery and journalism. Read full review

Review: The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, books III-IV (The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 #3-4)

User Review  - Robert Kiehn - Goodreads

Great book, classic book on how corrupt Stalin and his regime/Soviet Empire was and it's main focus it on Russian prisons and gulags but other topics as well. Read full review


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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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