The Gulag Archipelago Volume 1: An Experiment in Literary Investigation

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Harper Collins, Aug 7, 2007 - History - 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  - Arhondi - Goodreads

Even for someone familiarized with the era and events, this book has been one of the most difficult reading experiences of the past years. Yet, one should push through and read all of it, in all its ... 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  - Ilze Ārniece - Goodreads

"...what would one then have to say about our so evident torturers: Why does not fate punish them? Why do they prosper? And the only solution to this would be that the meaning of earthly existence ... Read full review

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Contents

The Prison Industry
2
t Arrest
3
The History of Our Sewage Disposal System
24
The Interrogation
93
The Bluecaps
144
First Ceil First Love
179
That Spring
237
In the Engine Room
277
The Law Becomes a Man
334
The Law Matures
371
The Supreme Measure
432
Tyurzak
456
Perpetual Motion
488
The Ships of the Archipelago
489
Translators Notes
616
Index
642

The Law as a Child
299

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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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