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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 30 Nov 2000
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Cannot fail to arouse bitterness and pain in the heart of the reader. A literary and political event of the first magnitude.
Stark . . . the story of how one falsely accused convict and his fellow prisoners survived or perished in an arctic slave labor camp after the war.
Both as a political tract and as a literary work, it is in the Doctor Zhivago category.
Dramatic . . . outspoken . . . graphically detailed . . . a moving human record.
-Cannot fail to arouse bitterness and pain in the heart of the reader. A literary and political event of the first magnitude.-
-Stark . . . the story of how one falsely accused convict and his fellow prisoners survived or perished in an arctic slave labor camp after the war.-
-Both as a political tract and as a literary work, it is in the Doctor Zhivago category.-
-Dramatic . . . outspoken . . . graphically detailed . . . a moving human record.-
"Cannot fail to arouse bitterness and pain in the heart of the reader. A literary and political event of the first magnitude."
-Time "Both as a political tract and as a literary work, it is in the Doctor Zhivago category."
-Washington Post "Dramatic . . . outspoken . . . graphically detailed . . . a moving human record."
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The Russian masterpiece by Nobel Prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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Like The Cancer Ward, by the same author, the names are obviously unfamiliar being set in Soviet Russia and I personally found this quite hard work as I kept refering back. This is my only negative comment.
Solzhenitsyn of course writes from experience and explains his survival in the camps. I couldn't help but compare his situaton with our own comfortable world. Mental and physical processes linked to get maximum value from every morsel. Every morsel appreciated to the full.
Be warned, reading this could change your eating habits.
A great and absorbing read.
Survival was about remaining inconspicuous, taking joy from whether you got a potato in your soup or not and making it to the end of the day. There is no polemicising about the injustice of it all. Just a matter of fact description of how prisoners managed to make life just a little more bearable where they could, under the discretion of guards both as much a prisoner as the inmates and still able to send someone to probable death in freezing solitary confinement.
It is the systematic, bureacratic, industrialised nature of this imprisonment that is the most chilling realisation when reading. There's no hatred for these prisoners. No ideological zeal in the camp guards. The guards are there because the prisoners must be guarded and the prisoners are there because... well, it doesn't matter.
This is what really happened to tens of millions of people and this book shows how the Russian people made it through Stalin's reign. Not by bombast and fearless defiance, but by quietly getting on with it in the hope tomorrow would be different.
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