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The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (1973)

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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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,... ( )
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  Tutter | Feb 20, 2015 |
A big book - meaning an important book, and well worth a read. It's hard to imagine the sheer scale of the gulag system which operated in Russia. This book helps brings it to life with rich language and penetrating insight. ( )
  jvgravy | Sep 23, 2014 |
Not a memoir, but it sure did feel like one. I tagged it as contemporary fiction because, technically, it is. However, it's really a non-fiction history book.

Absolutely mesmerizing. ( )
  TadAD | May 28, 2008 |
hardcopy, 660 pp. Details life in the Soviet gulags ( )
  bigbazza | May 26, 2008 |
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Met een beklemd gemoed heb ik mij er jarenlang van weerhouden dit al gereed liggende boek in druk te geven: mijn plicht tegenover hen die nog leefden, woog zwaarder dan mijn plicht tegenover de gestorvenen. Maar nu de staatsveiligheidsdienst het boek toch al in handen heeft, blijft mij niets anders over dan het onverwijld te publiceren. (A. Solzjenitsyn, september 1973)
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I dedicate this
to all those who did not live
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And may they please forgive me
for not having seen it all
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Aleksandr Solzhenistyn's The Gulag Archipelago has been published in a number of formats, and is catalogued in a variety of ways. The complete work consists of seven parts, often divided into three volumes as follow: Volume One, consisting of Part I ("The Prison Industry") and Part II ("Perpetual Motion"); Volume Two, consisting of Part III ("The Destructive-Labor Camps") and Part IV ("The Soul and Barbed Wire"); and Volume III, consisting of Part V ("Katorga"), Part VI ("Exile") and Part VII ("Stalin Is No More").

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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.

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"This book is Solzhenitsyn's masterwork, a vast canvas of camps, prisons, transit centres and secret police, of informers and spies and interrogators and also of heroism, a Stalinist anti-world at the heart of the Soviet Union where the key to survival lay not in hope but in despair."--Back cover.… (more)

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