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Aleksander Solzhenitsyn - The Gulag Archipelago (1918-56) (2nd Hand Paperback)

SKU B002121
  • Format : Thick 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Good (Almost Very Good)
  • Category : Non-Fiction - History & Futurology
  • Published : 1973 (This Edition 1973 - Harvill)
  • ISBN : 9781843430858
  • SKU : B002121
  • PPC : SP450gm
  • RRP : £15.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

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The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn's masterwork, a vast canvas of camps, prisons, transit centres and secret police, of informers and spies and interrogators and also of heroism, a Stalinist anti-world at the heart of the Soviet Union where the key to survival lay not in hope but in despair.

Drawing on his own incarceration and exile, as well as on evidence from more than 200 fellow prisoners and Soviet archives, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn reveals the entire apparatus of Soviet repression - the state within the state that ruled all-powerfully.

Through truly Shakespearean portraits of its victims - men, women, and children - we encounter secret police operations, labour camps and prisons; the uprooting or extermination of whole populations, the welcome that awaited Russian soldiers who had been German prisoners of war. Yet we also witness the astounding moral courage of the incorruptible, who, defenceless, endured great brutality and degradation.

The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956 - a grisly indictment of a regime, fashioned here into a veritable literary miracle - has been updated with a new introduction that includes the fall of the Soviet Union and Solzhenitsyn's move back to Russia.

The work is based on the testimony of some two hundred survivors, and on the recollection of Solzhenitsyn's own eleven years in labour camps and exile. It is both a thoroughly researched document and a feat of literary and imaginative power. This edition has been abridged into one volume at the author's wish and with his full co-operation.

"Incredible book. Absolutely compelling and shocking. Wonderfully written . . ." - Google Review.

"Instead of being a straight history book, Gulag lies somewhere between journalism and history, and Solzhenitsyn's narrative voice is familiar and engaging. The book feels less like a history lesson, and more like a conversation with a good friend who knows how to put together and express an interesting, important, heart-breaking, and unforgettable story. A narrative about the Soviet prison camps seems like it would be so weighty as to be unreadable, but Solzhenitsyn makes it surprisingly palatable. It's quite refreshing when you read a classic for the first time, and instantly understand where all the hype came from." - Goodreads Review.


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