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

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Harper & Row, 1978 - Concentration camps - 558 pages
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User Review  - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing

Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago is a history of the Soviet Russian system of forced labor concentration camps from 1918 to 1956. The preface by Anne Applebaum says it destroyed the prestige of the ... Read full review

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One of my all time favorites. One of the accounts from the book that still makes me laugh (you read that right, though I shouldn't really) is: A political meeting was going on with about 1000 - 2000 ... Read full review

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Contents

The Doomed
7
The First Whiff of Revolution
37
Chains Chains
56
Copyright

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Author and historian Aleksandr Isayevick Solzhenitsyn, considered by many to be the preeminent Russian writer of the second half of the 20th century, was born on December 11, 1918 in Kislovodsk in the northern Caucusus Mountains. In 1941, he graduated from Rostov University with a degree in physics and math. He also took correspondence courses at Moscow State University. Solzhenitsyn served in the Russian army during World War II but was arrested in 1945 for writing a letter criticizing Stalin. He spent the next decade in prisons and labor camps and, later, exile, before being allowed to return to central Russia, where he taught and wrote. In 1970, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 1974, he was arrested for treason and exiled following the publication of The Gulag Archipelago. He moved to Switzerland and later the U. S. where he continued to write fiction and history. When the Soviet Union collapsed, he returned to his homeland. He died due to a heart ailment on August 3, 2008.

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