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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich


The Gulag, the Stalinist labour camps to which millions of Russians were condemned for political deviation, has become a household word in the West. ... Show synopsis

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  • Incredible Nov 9, 2013
    by Kristoffer

    Absolutely fantastic. I swallowed it whole in one sitting. The stile mixes between first person and third person narrative, but it does so in an intelligent way. It's a very interesting read, and considering the fact it's a relatively short book, I reccomend any person with even a passing interest in Russian litterature, or the Gulags, read this. It won't take long, but it is well worth the money.

  • Excellent Sep 15, 2011
    by mrsp

    Great piece of literature that illustrates the true nature of Russian prison camps. Gives enormous insight into the nature of man, as an individual and in a society.

  • One day in the life of a Soviet Mar 29, 2007
    by Ron Townsend

    When my history teacher in my sophomore year in high school had us read this book
    there was concern that he was teaching us communism. That is true. He was teaching
    us just how bad it was in Soviet Russia and later as an adult I read 3 books by Dostoyevski and Tolstoy which greatly reflected how I better understood the Russian
    mind. Today, I feel we can still have good relations with the Russians. And that makes
    the suffering of those in the Soviet archipelago much more meaningful. I also read one
    of Solzhenitzen's books in graduate school and I feel like I am much better informed
    about our neighbors in the East. I am not a political science major. My major was in
    chemistry and Sakharov's bio was very good too.

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