The Gulag Archipelago Volume 2: An Experiment in Literary Investigation

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HarperCollins, Jul 26, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 752 pages
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Volume 2 of the gripping epic masterpiece, The story of Solzhenitsyn's entrance into the Soviet prison camps, where he would remain for Nearly a decade

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Under the Czars Russia produced many great writers, but under the Soviets there was only one, Alexander Solzhenitsyn. His Gulag Archipelago is a masterpiece, it is literature and a record of one of ... Read full review

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It was not until late high school that I began to develop an interest in Russian history. This is curious, not that it was so late, but that it happened at all. American history classes are woefully ... Read full review


The DestructiveLabor Camps
The Fingers of Aurora
The Archipelago Rises from the Sea

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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.

Anne Applebaum is a columnist and member of the editorial board of the "Washington Post." A graduate of Yale and a Marshall Scholar, she has worked as the foreign and deputy editor of the "Spectator" (London), as the Warsaw correspondent for the "Economist," and as a columnist for the on-line magazine "Slate," as well as for several British newspapers. Her work has also appeared in the "New York Review of Books," "Foreign" "Affairs," and the "Wall Street Journal," among many other publications. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Radek Sikorski, and two children.

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