The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956
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, labor 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, defenseless, endured great brutality and degradation. The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 -- a grisly indictment of a regime, fashioned here into a veritable literary miracle -- has now been updated with a new introduction that includes the fall of the Soviet Union and Solzhenitsyn's move back to Russia.
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Review: The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 (The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 #1-7)User Review - Jeanette - Goodreads
To me, it is a must read. And not only for those who see themselves as politico activists, leftist, or history buffs. Any or all of those! Solzhenitsyn is prime to understanding the USSR. There was a ... Read full review
Review: The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 (The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 #1-7)User Review - Linda Hart - Goodreads
I read this at least 35 years ago, and it still at the top of my best books I've ever read list. Solzhenitsyn wrote a riveting tale which deals with his arrest for daring to present a differing view ... Read full review
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