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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Review: Kolyma TalesUser 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
Review: Kolyma TalesUser Review - Sam Moss - Goodreads
Easily among the best short stories I have ever read. 'Kolyma Tales' and 'Gulag Archipelago' go together like two halves to a whole. Shalamov spares nothing and provides it all with the classic ... Read full review