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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (original 1942; edition 1997)

by Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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Title:One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Authors:Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Info:Noonday (1997), 7th printing, paperback
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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1942)

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Fascinating and stark account of just one day at a labor camp. ( )
  Soulmuser | May 30, 2017 |
For a day in the gulag, this passes remarkably easily. (I think Solzhenitsyn would approve of that sentiment.) The one day of the title is filled with detail rather than any over-arching narrative, but that does not mean that there is no big picture; rather that, as for the prisoners, or zeks, although the big picture takes a back seat to the business of survival, the nitty-gritty of survival reveals much about its wider context. The political hangs in the air like a thunder-cloud, along with part-answered questions of what these zeks did to warrant the punishment they are receiving. Like Shukhov, a.k.a. Ivan Denisovich, this work is remarkable for how much it achieves with so little, and for how smoothly it gets through the seemingly insurmountable. It's a classic for good reason. ( )
1 vote Kanikoski | May 15, 2017 |
Set in a Stalinist gulag, the book describes a single day for Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. The camp is woken at five in the morning and all day is spent in hard labour. Shukhov is a skilled labourer and the middle section of the book dealing with the bricklaying in Siberian temperatures was great. The book is generally about oppression, survival and dignity. Shukhov is well into his ten year sentence and is savvy in how to survive and who's back to scratch to get an extra ration here or some tobacco there. On this particular day he does well on these fronts and at night on his bunk he considers it "almost a happy day".

Based on Solzhenitsyn's time spent in a similar camp. ( )
  Lord_Boris | Feb 21, 2017 |
A reminder that attitude is king, Ivan makes the best he has in the worst of circumstances. ( )
  siok | Jan 31, 2017 |
  publiusdb | Jan 10, 2017 |
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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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Parker, RalphTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kalb, Marvin L.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lahtela, MarkkuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tvardosky, AlexanderForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Valiulina, SanaAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vries, Theun deTranslatorsecondary 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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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.

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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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