The Love-Girl and The Innocent: A Play

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Macmillan, 1969 - Drama - 131 pages
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'The Love-Girl and the Innocent' is a brilliant play about the inhuman world of the [Stalinist] camps, that have their own rules, and where nothing of the world outside matters. The 'Innocent' is a newly arrived prisoner, who still bears idealism and is reluctant to adopt the camp techniques of survival. His love for Lyuba, one of the many women forced by circumstances to sell themselves for privileges and rations, tempts him to compromise with himself and betray his moral and emotional loyalties. --Kabanowa at

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

It's always tough to read a play instead of seeing it. I usually imagine myself watching the play, and that works pretty well. Life in the camps, Solzhenitsyn's specialty. Idealism and compromise in prison. A bit hard to follow as a play, but still good stuff. Read full review

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User Review  - GlebtheDancer - LibraryThing

Solzhenitsyn's Gulag play examines the moral, sexual and criminal corruption of the Gulag system and its inhabitants. Although the title suggests a love story, the drama focuses more on the absurdity ... Read full review

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About the author (1969)

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature, was born in 1918. In February 1945, while he was captain of a reconnaissance battery of the Soviet Army, he was arrested and sentenced to an eight-year term in a labor camp and permanent internal exile, which was cut short by Khrushchev's reforms, allowing him to return from Kazakhstan to Central Russia in 1956. Although permitted to publish One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in 1962--which remained his only full-length work to have appeared in his homeland until 1990--Solzhenitsyn was by 1969 expelled from the Writers' Union. The publication in the West of his other novels and, in particular, of The Gulag Archipelago, brought retaliation from the authorities. In 1974, Solzhenitsyn was arrested, stripped of his Soviet citizenship, and forcibly flown to Frankfurt. Solzhenitsyn and his wife and children moved to the United States in 1976. In September 1991, the Soviet government dismissed treason charges against him; Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia in 1994. He died in Moscow in 2008.

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