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The only English translation authorized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

First published in the Soviet journal Novy Mir in 1962, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich stands as a classic of contemporary literature. The story of labor-camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, it graphically describes his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of communist oppression. An unforgettable portrait of the entire world of Stalin's forced work camps, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is one of the most extraordinary literary documents to have emerged from the Soviet Union and confirms Solzhenitsyn's stature as "a literary genius whose talent matches that of Dosotevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy"--Harrison Salisbury

This unexpurgated 1991 translation by H. T. Willetts is the only authorized edition available and fully captures the power and beauty of the original Russian.

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The only English translation authorized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

First published in the Soviet journal Novy Mir in 1962, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich stands as a classic of contemporary literature. The story of labor-camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, it graphically describes his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of communist oppression. An unforgettable portrait of the entire world of Stalin's forced work camps, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is one of the most extraordinary literary documents to have emerged from the Soviet Union and confirms Solzhenitsyn's stature as "a literary genius whose talent matches that of Dosotevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy"--Harrison Salisbury

This unexpurgated 1991 translation by H. T. Willetts is the only authorized edition available and fully captures the power and beauty of the original Russian.

About the Author

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature, was born in 1918. In February 1945, while he was captain of a reconnaissance battery of the Soviet Army, he was arrested and sentenced to an eight-year term in a labor camp and permanent internal exile, which was cut short by Khrushchev's reforms, allowing him to return from Kazakhstan to Central Russia in 1956. Although permitted to publish One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in 1962—which remained his only full-length work to have appeared in his homeland until 1990—Solzhenitsyn was by 1969 expelled from the Writers' Union. The publication in the West of his other novels and, in particular, of The Gulag Archipelago, brought retaliation from the authorities. In 1974, Solzhenitsyn was arrested, stripped of his Soviet citizenship, and forcibly flown to Frankfurt. Solzhenitsyn and his wife and children moved to the United States in 1976. In September 1991, the Soviet government dismissed treason charges against him; Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia in 1994. He died in Moscow in 2008.

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Unbuttoning wasn’t too terrible now they were nearly home.
Yes—that’s what they called it, “Home”.
Their days were too full to remember any other home.

The “home” that Shukhov refers to is camp HQ, a forced labor camp in Siberia. It was part of the Gulag penal system instituted under Stalin and populated by the victims of that dictator’s purges. In One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn gives an account of a typical daily routine for Gang 104, a work crew tasked with building a power plant in the dead of winter where the temperature reached thirty degrees below zero. The story of Ivan (Shukhov) and his crew is as much about the dehumanizing labor as it is about the triumph of the human spirit in such horrid conditions.
Solzhenitsyn, himself, had been a convict in the labor camps. Published in 1962, Ivan Denisovich, was one of the first literary accounts of the Gulag system. Its release signaled a temporary relaxation of Stalin’s policies by Kruschev. Such policies had led to the suppression of subversive literature and the imprisonment of millions of Russians; one of the most memorable aspects of the novel is Solzhenitsyn’s explanation of why the characters were in the camp.
Shukhov landed in a labor camp simply because, as a prisoner of war, he escaped the Nazis during the early days of the Second World War. His reason for being in the Gulag system was no stranger or more random than the rest of Gang 104. Tyurin, the foreman, was there because his father was a rich peasant, a kulak. The captain, Buynovsky, had served as a liaison to the British navy during the war, and had been put in the camps simply for receiving a gift from a British officer. Solzhenitsyn’s description of how all members of Soviet society were subject to arbitrary imprisonment is perhaps one of his harshest criticisms of Stalinist rule.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374521950
Subtitle:
A Novel
Translator:
Willetts, H. T.
Author:
Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr
Author:
Willetts, H. T.
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Communism
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Forced labor
Subject:
Soviet Union Fiction.
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
19920201
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
188
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.54 x 0.525 in

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The only English translation authorized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

First published in the Soviet journal Novy Mir in 1962, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich stands as a classic of contemporary literature. The story of labor-camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, it graphically describes his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of communist oppression. An unforgettable portrait of the entire world of Stalin's forced work camps, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is one of the most extraordinary literary documents to have emerged from the Soviet Union and confirms Solzhenitsyn's stature as "a literary genius whose talent matches that of Dosotevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy"--Harrison Salisbury

This unexpurgated 1991 translation by H. T. Willetts is the only authorized edition available and fully captures the power and beauty of the original Russian.

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