"A brilliant literary talent...These tales are a handful of diamonds." - Harrison Salisbury in the Chicago Tribune
It is estimated that some 3 million people died in the Soviet forced-labor camps of kolyma, in the NE area of Siberia. Shalamov himself spent 17 years there, and in these stories he vividly captures the lives of ordinary people caught up in terrible circumstances, their hopes and plans extending no further than a few hours.
This edition combines two collections previously published in the USA as 'Kolyma Tales' and 'Graphite'.
"One of the most awe-inspiring works of literature to have come out of the Gulag...his tales are at once a true historical record and a formidable piece of literary invention" - Sunday Telegraph