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The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (Volume Three, Parts V-VII)

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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Series: The Gulag Archipelago (Volume 3, Parts V-VII)

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Volume 3 of the gripping epic masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn's moving account of resistance within the Soviet labor camps and his own release after eight years.
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Conclusion of the author's harrowing account of the history and operation of the prison camps of the USSR, something he experienced first hand. This book in particular focuses on rebellions in the camps and the use of exile by the Communist government. Some parts of this book are not as strong as others (the "white kitten" chapter in particular), but other parts are intriguing. At one point, the author discusses Ukraine vis-a-vis Russia in a fashion that's compelling reading in 2024. Certainly, the whole series is must reading for anyone who wants to understand 20th century Russian history. ( )
  EricCostello | Feb 28, 2024 |
Truly worthwhile. A historical record and analysis and a personal story all running in parallel. Provides surprising insights into workings of governments, psychology, human motivations and of course the mind harrowing horrors of Russian 20th century history, showing how a whole society can collapse in on itself. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
"... Nell’Europa occidentale gli intellettuali della sinistra moderata impiegarono molto tempo a cogliere in pieno il valore di Solgenitsin. Quando uscì la sua opera più celebre, Arcipelago Gulag, per molto tempo la considerarono con prudenza, dimostrandosi guardinghi. Il Nobel della Letteratura contribuì a rompere la diffidenza e a consacrarlo definitivamente, ma non aggiunse nulla al suo valore, che era immenso. E segnò un’epoca. A Krusciov seguirono Brezhnev, la Guerra fredda, la corsa alle armi nucleari. L’Urss continuava a far paura, eppure proprio il seguito delle vicende di Solgenitsin dimostrano come il regime fosse già in fase di lenta decomposizione. Ai tempi di Stalin un dissidente come lui sarebbe stato semplicemente ucciso, Brezhnev invece pensò di metterlo a tacere privandolo della cittadinanza sovietica e dunque mandandolo in esilio in Occidente.

La storia ha dimostrato che Solgenitsin aveva ragione innanzitutto a credere in se stesso: anche quando tutto sembrava perso, non ha rinunciato alle proprie convinzioni. In secondo luogo nel ribadire che sarebbe morto in patria, perché il comunismo era destinato al fallimento. E così è stato. Solgenitsin tornò a Mosca vent’anni dopo esserne stato espulso. Lui ha resistito, l’imperialismo sovietico è morto. Merita la nostra riconoscenza anche se negli ultimi anni l’Occidente non lo ha capito. Per noi fu soprattutto un grande dissidente capace di smascherare gli orrori del comunismo. Lui invece si considerava innanzitutto un patriota, la dimostrazione che il lungo periodo di glaciazione bolscevica non è bastato a spegnere l’animo russo. Un animo che in Solgenitsin è rimasto al cento per cento slavo, senza concessioni alla cultura occidentale. Il ritorno nella Russia allo sbando dell’era Eltsin fu per lui traumatico e lo persuase ancor di più che la vera salvezza andava cercata nelle radici della cultura del suo Paese. E dunque nell’orgoglio per la propria nazione, nella riscoperta di dimensione spirituale attraverso la Chiesa Ortodossa. E questo spiega perché le sue ultime opere non siano state bene accolte in Occidente. Troppo lontane dal nostro mondo, dai nostri valori, dal nostro modo di concepire la religione. Un’incomprensione che non scalfisce il valore di Solgenitsin."

Estratto dall'articolo apparso su IL GIORNALE a firma dello storico francese Max Gallo, intitolato: "Ma in Occidente l'Intellighenzia non capì il suo valore" per commemorare la sua scomparsa.
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  AntonioGallo | Sep 24, 2020 |
The whole triology is unbelieveable. I highly recommend it. ( )
  vanjr | Oct 4, 2015 |
Eye-witness reporting of real people, with real names, involving real events.

While Soviet crimes are the subject, the democracies of the West are not left untouched. In the story of General Vlasov we hear of how his Divisions ended up fighting both the Nazis and the Communists, and then were captured by the Americans and turned over to Stalin.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Aleksandr Solzhenitsynprimary authorall editionscalculated
Applebaum, AnneForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peet, DickTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willetts, HarryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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").

THIS LT WORK IS INTENDED ONLY FOR VOLUME THREE, PARTS V-VII (including Volume III of the Blackstone Audiobook edition).

Please do not combine other copies having materially different content (e.g., Parts I-II, Parts III-IV, the complete work, an omnibus [such as Parts I-VI], any individual Part, or the abridged version). Thank you.
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