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Ein Tag des Iwan Denissowitsch. by Alexander…

Ein Tag des Iwan Denissowitsch. (original 1962; edition 1998)

by Alexander Solschenizyn, Alexander Solschenizyn (Author)

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich brilliantly portrays a single day, any day, in the life of a single Russian soldier who was captured by the Germans in 1945 and who managed to escape a few days later. Along with millions of others, this soldier was charged with some sort of political crime, and since it was easier to confess than deny it and die, Ivan Denisovich "confessed" to "high treason" and received a sentence of 10 years in a Siberian labor camp.… (more)
Title:Ein Tag des Iwan Denissowitsch.
Authors:Alexander Solschenizyn
Other authors:Alexander Solschenizyn (Author)
Info:Dtv (1998), Edition: N.-A., Broschiert, 126 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:russische literatur, sowjetische literatur, udssr, arbeitslager, lager, gefängnis, gefangener, gefangensein

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1962)

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    The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (Volume One, Parts I-II) by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (editfish)
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Not much happens in this book, like the title suggests it's just one day in a man's life, and it's just like every other day he's had for years and is going to have for years to come. But despite the mundane (and it is mundane, despite the injustice behind it), this book is never boring, and you want to keep reading, even knowing that what's happened today will happen again tomorrow. ( )
  Fardo | Oct 15, 2019 |
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich should be required reading. When everything you read and hear and watch is stained with a hyper-politicized Us v. Them mentality, it's enlightening to see what true tyranny looks like. Starting with the author's bio ("In 1945 [Solzhenitsyn] was arrested and imprisoned in a labor camp for eight years because he had allegedly made a derogatory remark about Stalin."), the book highlights the mindless brutality of a true totalitarian state. Solzhenitsyn masterfully depicts Shukov's powerlessness as he struggles just to fill his stomach, stay warm, and avoid notice. He shows the petty corruption that permeates the prisoners lives, the payoffs to guards and mail clerks and cooks just to get a portion of what's rightfully theirs. He gives you reason to hate them the way the prisoners do. Simultaneously he shows the shared misery, revealing that in spite of warmer clothes and better food the guards suffer at the camp too. There is a bond between the prisoners and their tormentors that rings true as they help each other in small ways, such as the guards taking only a portion of the prisoners' purloined scraps of firewood so that both groups can have some warmth in their sleeping quarters. The power of this book lies in the irony of Shukov's feeling of content with this almost happy day as Solzhenitsyn grimly reminds us that his protagonist will serve ten years worth of these almost happy days. ( )
2 vote skavlanj | Sep 19, 2019 |
A novella, that depicts life of a prisoner in Siberia for a crime he did not commit. So good. I love this author. ( )
  Kristelh | Sep 19, 2019 |
I read Ivan Denisovich between reading Vol.2 and Vol.3 of The Gulag Archipelago and I feel like it was a happy accident! I was flying to Latvija and decided I would try to read the whole book on the flight from Austin, Texas to Copenhagen and I did. I did not realize that Solzhenitsyn would write about his time in the Ekibastuz Special Camp, the camp and personal experience from which he would draw almost all of the material for Ivan Denisovich.

A short book but definitely worth reading because it captures in a concise but clear way one man's experience of one of the more fortunate days of his existence in a Special Camp. If you pair this book with a reading of The Gulag Archipelago the two works give each other weightier meaning, Ivan Denisovich feels like a raconteur telling you a story about "this one day of my life in the camps" seated around a fire and The Gulag Archipelago feels like a deep dive into history, the author's life, other imprisoned people's lives, politics, and a sprinkling of philosphy and spirituality. ( )
  pspringmeyer | Aug 29, 2019 |
Very good bookwith a very likeable protagonist. A must read for any fan of Russian Literature.
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This quiet tale has struck a powerful blow against the return of the horrors of the Stalin system. For Solzhenitsyn's words burn like acid.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Solzhenitsyn, Alexanderprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hayward, MaxTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hingley, RonaldTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kalb, Marvin L.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Labedz, LeopoldIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lahtela, MarkkuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parker, RalphTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shonk, KatherineIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tvardovsky, AlexanderForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Valiulina, SanaAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vries, Theun deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willetts, Harry T.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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[Translator's Dedication] To my grandson, Dmitri Ivanovich, with thoughts of the future
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As usual, at five o'clock that morning reveille was sounded by the blows of a hammer on a length of rail hanging up near the staff quarters.
Apart from sleep, the only time a prisoner lives for himself is ten minutes in the morning at breakfast, five minutes over dinner, and five at supper.
There was truth in that. Better to growl and submit. If you were stubborn they broke you.
You should rejoice that you're in prison. Here you have time to think about your soul.
When you’re cold, don’t expect sympathy from someone who’s warm.
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