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The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

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Time Magazine's Best Nonfiction Book of the Twentieth Century

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Drawing on his own incarceration and exile, as well as on evidence from more than 200 fellow prisoners and Soviet archives, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn reveals the entire apparatus of Soviet repression — the state within the state that ruled all-powerfully.

Through truly Shakespearean portraits of its victims — men, women, and children — we encounter secret police operations, labor camps and prisons; the uprooting or extermination of whole populations, the "welcome" that awaited Russian soldiers who had been German prisoners of war. Yet we also witness the astounding moral courage of the incorruptible, who, defenseless, endured great brutality and degradation.

The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 — a grisly indictment of a regime, fashioned here into a veritable literary miracle — has now been updated with a new introduction that includes the fall of the Soviet Union and Solzhenitsyn's move back to Russia.

About the Author

For privately criticizing Stalin while a Soviet soldier, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (b.1918) served eight years in the prison system that we know through him as the gulag. He became famous in 1962 with One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970. Because of The Gulag Archipelago, he was sent into exile in 1974; he settled in Vermont. His major works include the novels The First Circle and Cancer Ward, and the autobiographical The Oak and the Calf. Parts of his magnum opus, The Red Wheel, plus other books, await translation into English. In 1994, he returned home, as he predicted he would.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060007768
Author:
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr
Publisher:
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Author:
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isaevich
Author:
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr I.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
Government (non-U.S.)
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Prisons
Subject:
Concentration camps
Subject:
Political prisoners
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Government - Comparative
Subject:
Literary
Edition Number:
Abridged ed.
Edition Description:
1st Perennial Classics ed.
Series:
Perennial Classics
Publication Date:
20020201
Binding:
Trade Paper
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.06x5.36x1.20 in. .97 lbs.

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