Kolyma Tales

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Penguin Books Limited, 1994 - Fiction - 508 pages
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It is estimated that some three million people died in the Soviet forced-labour camps of Kolyma, in the northeastern area of Siberia. Shalamov himself spent seventeen years there, and in these stories he vividly captures the lives of ordinary people caught up in terrible circumstances, whose hopes and plans extended to further than a few hours This new enlarged edition combines two collections previously published in the United States as Kolyma Tales and Graphite.

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User Review  - Antonia - Goodreads

Storied from the most merciless Stalinist repression - the Gulag. Although brutal, the stories from 'Kolyma Tales' are full of life and struggle, revealing page after page the unimaginable endurance a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Laura Edwards - Goodreads

Really a 3.5, but I rounded down because the book became repetitious in the second half. The best stories are definitely at the beginning. "A Pushover Job" where Shalamov uses lovely prose to describe ... Read full review

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