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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (original 1962; edition 2009)

by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Yevgeny Yevtushenko (Introduction), Eric Bogosian (Afterword)

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Title:One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Authors:Alexander Solzhenitsyn (Author)
Other authors:Yevgeny Yevtushenko (Introduction), Eric Bogosian (Afterword)
Info:NAL Trade (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 208 pages
Collections:Monthly Focus, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:Stalinism, communism, prison camps, political prisoners, Russian fiction, 20th century fiction, Soviet Union, gulag

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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)
    editfish: A novella exploring a typical day in the life of a 'slogger' in one of Stalin's prison (Destructive Labor) camps.
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    Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler (BGP, chrisharpe)
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    Kolyma Tales by Varlam Shalamov (Eustrabirbeonne)
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    Survival In Auschwitz by Primo Levi (Eustrabirbeonne)
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    Forest of the Gods by Balys Sruoga (satanburger)
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Alexander Solzhenitsyn shows us how terrible the communist labor camp system is, not by showing us how bad a bad day in such circumstances can be, but by showing us how bad even a good day is in that situation. Ivan's attempts to scrounge enough food not to starve or succumb to illness and his efforts at back-breaking labor in the bitter Russian cold all turn out relatively well in the one day the story takes place on. The key word there is "relatively." The reader is left to contemplate what a bad day looks like, if this was a good day.

Short, evocative, and packing an emotional punch, this is how it's done. ( )
  BayardUS | Dec 10, 2014 |
I love this book..if you can say that about a book that presents the trauma of something terrible.

I have read this book many times hardly believing that anything could be as real as what it portrays.

Russia has always fascinated me, and its history in all its complexities.

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  greatbookescapes | Nov 20, 2014 |
I love this book..if you can say that about a book that presents the trauma of something terrible.

I have read this book many times hardly believing that anything could be as real as what it portrays.

Russia has always fascinated me, and its history in all its complexities.

( )
  greatbookescapes | Nov 20, 2014 |
I love this book..if you can say that about a book that presents the trauma of something terrible.

I have read this book many times hardly believing that anything could be as real as what it portrays.

Russia has always fascinated me, and its history in all its complexities.

( )
  greatbookescapes | Nov 20, 2014 |
This book is, at one fell swoop, one of the most depressing and the most beautiful of books. It is the tale of one prisoner on one day in a Soviet gulag. It shows the evil that men are capable of, as well as the courage and strength of will that other people have in them. ( )
  ahef1963 | Nov 2, 2014 |
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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
Parker, RalphTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kalb, Marvin L.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lahtela, MarkkuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tvardosky, AlexanderForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vries, Theun deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zelma, GeorgiCover photographersecondary 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.
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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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This is the terrifying story of an almost unbelievable man-made hell - the Soviet Work camps - and of one man's heroic struggle to survive in the face of the most determined efforts to destroy him - a scathing indictment of Communist tyranny that has shaken the whole Soviet world.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0374529523, Paperback)

Solzhenitsyn's first book, this economical, relentless novel is one of the most forceful artistic indictments of political oppression in the Stalin-era Soviet Union. The simply told story of a typical, grueling day of the titular character's life in a labor camp in Siberia, is a modern classic of Russian literature and quickly cemented Solzhenitsyn's international reputation upon publication in 1962. It is painfully apparent that Solzhenitsyn himself spent time in the gulags--he was imprisoned for nearly a decade as punishment for making derogatory statements about Stalin in a letter to a friend.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:47:27 -0400)

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Ivan Denisovich is a prisoner in a Soviet labor camp who faces daily hardships and struggles to maintain his humanity.

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