The Gulag Archipelago Volume 1: An Experiment in Literary Investigation

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HarperCollins, Aug 7, 2007 - Social Science - 704 pages
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Volume 1 of the gripping epic masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn's chilling report of his arrest and interrogation, which exposed to the world the vast bureaucracy of secret police that haunted Soviet society.

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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  - Mark - Goodreads

This set of books is classic. I read Vol. I, then went on to read other books by Solzhenitsyn, while searching out V. II, as well as many other accounts of tyrannical government run amok. I hope that ... Read full review

Review: The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Volume 2

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

I would have given it five stars if it wasn't for some of Solzhenitsyn's off the cuff marks about homosexuality that weren't necessary. Read full review


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About the author (2007)

After serving as a decorated captain in the Soviet Army during World War II, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) was sentenced to prison for eight years for criticizing Stalin and the Soviet government in private letters. Solzhenitsyn vaulted from unknown schoolteacher to internationally famous writer in 1962 with the publication of his novella One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968. The writer's increasingly vocal opposition to the regime resulted in another arrest, a charge of treason, and expulsion from the USSR in 1974, the year The Gulag Archipelago, his epic history of the Soviet prison system, first appeared in the West. For eighteen years, he and his family lived in Vermont. In 1994 he returned to Russia. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn died at his home in Moscow in 2008.

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