In the First Circle: The First Uncensored Edition (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Jan 3, 2012 - Fiction - 784 pages
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The thrilling cold war masterwork by the nobel prize winner, published in full for the first time

Moscow, Christmas Eve, 1949.The Soviet secret police intercept a call made to the American embassy by a Russian diplomat who promises to deliver secrets about the nascent Soviet Atomic Bomb program. On that same day, a brilliant mathematician is locked away inside a Moscow prison that houses the country's brightest minds. He and his fellow prisoners are charged with using their abilities to sleuth out the caller's identity, and they must choose whether to aid Joseph Stalin's repressive state—or refuse and accept transfer to the Siberian Gulag camps . . . and almost certain death.

First written between 1955 and 1958, In the First Circle is Solzhenitsyn's fiction masterpiece. In order to pass through Soviet censors, many essential scenes—including nine full chapters—were cut or altered before it was published in a hastily translated English edition in 1968. Now with the help of the author's most trusted translator, Harry T. Willetts, here for the first time is the complete, definitive English edition of Solzhenitsyn's powerful and magnificent classic.

  

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Contents

Torpedo
1
A Miscue
6
Sharashka
9
A Protestant Christmas
13
BoogieWoogie
18
A Peaceful Existence
23
A Womans Heart
28
Oh Moment Stay
34
The Old Maid
359
Fire and Hay
368
To the Resurrection of the Dead
373
The Ark
378
Leisure Amusements
381
Prince Igor
388
Winding Up the Twentieth
397
Prisoners Petty Matters
402

The Fifth Year in Harness
39
The Rosicrucians
44
The Enchanted Castle
51
Number Seven
57
He Should Have Lied
64
The Blue Light
69
A Girl A Girl
74
A Troika of Liars
80
Hot Water
89
Oh WonderWorking Steed
93
The Birthday Hero
97
A Study of a Great Life
105
Give Us Back the Death Penalty
129
The Emperor of the Earth
144
Language as an Instrument of Production
150
The Abyss Beckons Again
156
The Church of Nikita the Martyr
162
Sawing Wood
171
A Bit of Methodology
180
The Junior Lieutenants Job
185
The Lieutenant Colonels Job
193
A Puzzled Robot
201
How to Darn Socks
207
On the Path to a Million
217
Penalty Marks
224
Voiceprints
233
Kissing Is Forbidden
239
Phonoscopy
243
The Silent Alarm
248
Be Unfaithful to Me
257
Fine Words Those To the Taiga
262
A Rendezvous
269
And Another One
277
And Among the Kids
283
A Woman Was Washing the Staircase
289
Out in the Open
297
The Running Dogs of Imperialism
315
The Castle of the Holy Grail
324
TopSecret Conversation
335
The Double Agent
342
Life Is Not a Novel
347
A Banquet of Friends
408
The Buddhas Smile
420
But We Are Given Only One Conscience Too
431
The Uncle at Tver
443
Two SonsinLaw
456
The Diehard
466
Entered Cities First
474
A Duel Not by the Rules
483
Going to the People
493
Spiridon
497
Spiridons Criterion
506
Behind a Closed Visor
512
Dotty
522
Lets Agree That This Didnt Happen
525
Civic Temples
533
A Circle of Wrongs
537
Monday Dawn
543
Four Nails
551
Favorite Profession
556
The Decision Taken
564
The Professional Party Secretary
569
The Decision Explained
578
One Hundred FortySeven Rubles
587
The Scientific Elite
597
Indoctrination in Optimism
601
The King of Stool Pigeons
607
As for Shooting
611
Prince Kurbsky
620
No Fisher of Men
626
At the Fount of Science
634
The Leading Ideology
643
Little Quail
654
On the Back Stairway
662
Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here
672
Keep Forever
683
Second Wind
697
Always Caught Off Guard
711
Farewell Sharashka
716
Meat
729
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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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