At the height of Stalin's postwar terror, Innokenty, a young diplomat and scion of a corrupt ruling class, discovers an earlier and more spiritual tradition than that adopted by the October Revolution, the beginning of a process which is Solzhenitsyn's basic theme: the individual's experience of acquiring an immortal soul. Unwisely but generously, ...Read MoreAt the height of Stalin's postwar terror, Innokenty, a young diplomat and scion of a corrupt ruling class, discovers an earlier and more spiritual tradition than that adopted by the October Revolution, the beginning of a process which is Solzhenitsyn's basic theme: the individual's experience of acquiring an immortal soul. Unwisely but generously, Innokenty helps a friend in danger of arrest, only to be arrested himself and sent to a special prison. This, the archetype of the Gulag, is described with masterful psychological insight. There are no heroes and hardly any villains; oppressors are no less victims then the oppressed. In the great tradition of the Russian novel, The First Circle is both a brooding account of human nature and a scrupulously exact description of a historical period.Read Less
GENERAL. WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE 1970, ENGLISH TRANSLATION 1969 AT WILLIAM COLLINS AND SONS. PRINTED IN GREAT BRITAIN. 700P. COVER IN VERY GOOD CONDITION, PAGES TANNED FROM AGE. EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE.
Fine in very good dust jacket. FINE/VERY GOOD BOOK, THE BOOK IS IN FINE/VERY GOOD CONDITION. INCLUDES DUST Jacket VERY GOOD CONDITION, HARDBACK, BOOK Text IS bright and CLEAR. THE BINDING IS TIGHT AND IN Fine condition. 580 NUMBERED PAGES.
Very good in good dust jacket. Text in Russian. 582 p. Sept 1968 stated 1st (US) ed. Edgewear, chipping & soil on dj, rubbing/slight fraying and a little staining on cover, back corners bumped, soil/dust on edge & a few pgs, else text clean, binding tight.
Very Good in Very Good jacket. Size: 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall; Harper & Row Very Good Hardcover with Very Good Dustjacket. Maroon cloth over boards, gilt lettered on spine. Solidly sewn binding, square, lower corner scuffed and worn, rough cut fore-edge and lower edge. Cloth on lower edge is splotchy, patchy color, about 2 inches long by half inch wide, former owner name and gift inscription on ffep. Red jacket, white and red lettered on cover. Spine head shipped, two chips on lower edge, protective cover. Translated from the Russian by Thomas P. Whitney. Contains a list of characters in novel. This novel was released in 1968, but a fuller version of the book was published in English in 2009. The novel depicts the lives of the occupants of a sharashka (a research and development bureau made of gulag inmates) located in the Moscow suburbs. This novel is highly autobiographical. Many of the prisoners (zeks) are technicians or academics who have been arrested under Article 58 of the RSFSR Penal Code in Joseph Stalin's purges following the Second World War. Unlike inhabitants of other gulag labor camps, the sharashka zeks were adequately fed and enjoy good working conditions; however if they found disfavor with the authorities, they could be instantly shipped to Siberia. The novel addresses numerous philosophical themes, and through multiple narratives is a powerful argument both for a stoic integrity and humanism. Like other Solzhenitsyn works, the book illustrates the difficulty of maintaining dignity within a system designed to strip its inhabitants of it. Harper & Row, New York; 1968. First Edition (stated). 6.5"x9.5" tall; 580pp.
Very Good. Beauitful copy of the first American edition, printed by Harper and Row in 1968, of the great master of Stalin and the Soviet Union. Jacket in mylar, is priceclipped. CAnt tell what printing this is, . Book itself ates VG+, clean, bright, free of markings. MendoPower Employment Services will immediately and carefully pack this book in high-quality bubble lined, envelopes. Then we send you a confirmation e-mail. We appreciate your business and welcome any questions.
Near Fine + in Near Fine + jacket. Book First edition, first printing, with "First Edition" stated on the copyright page. No book-club impression or remainder mark. First-issue red dust jacket with original $10.00 price and "0968" date code on front flap. Dark-red full-cloth binding with gold lettering on the spine. Beige endpapers. Untrimmed page edges. 580 pages. NEAR FINE + book in NEAR FINE + dust jacket. Book is bright, crisp, clean, tight and square, with no sunning. Slight shelf wear to the edges, primarily at the lower edge of the spine and lower corner tips, and otherwise Fine. Immaculate interior with flawless pages appearing unread. No previous owner's signature or bookplate. The dust jacket is flawless and close to pristine and as new except for a small faint price written in red pencil at the bottom edge of the front flap. Otherwise Fine, very bright and clean with no creasing, stains or tears. Jacket is protected in a clear mylar cover. Solzhenitsyn's great second novel following One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich based on his personal experience in the Soviet Gulag prison labor camp system. Solzhenitsyn received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970 due to a great extent to this novel.
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