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: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, books III-IVUser Review - Robert Kiehn - Goodreads
Great book, classic book on how corrupt Stalin and his regime/Soviet Empire was and it's main focus it on Russian prisons and gulags but other topics as well. Read full review
Review: The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, books III-IVUser Review - David Miller - Goodreads
After reading the first two volumes (books 1 - 4) of the Gulag Archipelago my view of human nature is greatly expanded; both into how cruel and monstrous we can be, and also how great spiritual beauty can grow in the middle of such ugliness. Among the best books I have ever read. Read full review
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