See No Evil: Literary Cover-ups and Discoveries of the Soviet Camp Experience

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Yale University Press, 1999 - History - 361 pages
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Believing that human actions could be controlled by a totalitarian government, Stalin and his followers subjected millions of Soviet citizens to acts of state terrorism and imprisonment in labor camps. But this was not enough. Seeking to control human thought as well, Soviet authorities provided official words and images to legitimize the gulag, distort its moral nature, and even glorify its "necessary" violence. This fascinating book is the first in English to examine official Soviet concentration camp literature from the early 1920s through the mid-1960s. Dariusz Tolczyk probes the evolution of this literature, the totalitarian thinking that inspired it, and the scandalous role played by Russian literary intellectuals who collaborated in its creation.

The author considers how Soviet novelists and poets in the 1920s dealt with the Leninist notion that ethics is entirely utilitarian and relative; analyzes the official glorification of the gulag in the early 1930s in such works as White Sea Canal, a composite volume by 36 famous authors praising the use of slave labor; and examines why the subject of the camps became taboo from 1937 to the Khrushchevian thaw of the early 1960s. Tolczyk also provides a masterful account of the problem posed for Soviet censors by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and shows how the failure of the Soviet regime to come to terms with the ethical legacy of the gulag signaled the decline of the totalitarian project.
 

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This scholarly volume examines the official Soviet concentration camp literature from the early 1920s through the mid-1960s. Tolczyk (Slavic languages, Univ. of Virginia) argues that not only did ... Read full review

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The vast majority of Americans think of America to be impervious to getting purposely imploded from within by whom they expect the least, by whom should be their servant: government.
All those
Americans who love freedom should make a pause, take a deep breath and think about all the wreck that mainly government --at all levels (i.e., city, special district, county/parish/borough, state, and federal) across the nation-- is purposely and maliciously in most cases perpetrating on America.
And which is worse is that the forces of such destructive thrust come from the same seeds that the forces that took Lenin and the Bolsheviks to take over Russia, with some variations, had.
That's where the ongoing materialization of the infamous vow to "...fundamentally transforming the United States of America..." is ultimately pushing America to.
History is peppered with instances of great nations getting maliciously and purposely imploded from within; America is not systemically immune when government --most prominently, the federal government-- is shredding her Constitution to mere confetti in the front of the very eyes of tens of millions of impassive and oblivious Americans.
This book should be read --thoroughly comprehended, and extrapolated to America's ongoing situation-- by every America who loves the America the Founders instituted ("conceived") via the Declaration of Independence, and constituted ("delivered") along those lines, having left perennial testimony of it on five pages of parchment manuscript that they very appropriately titled The Constitution of the United States of America.
Maybe Google could make the effort and buy the rights to the book and make it available --in its completeness-- to the public as an eBook.
 

Contents

FICTION AND FEAR
1
FROM TRAGEDY TO FESTIVAL
58
THE GLORY OF THE GULAG
93
HOPE BEYOND HOPE
184
A SLIVER IN THE THROAT OF POWER
253
I
315
Index
349
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Dariusz Tolczyk is assistant professor in the department of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Virginia.

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