The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

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From the back of the Harper Collins 2002 edition:

“Drawing on his own incarceration and exile, as well as on evidence from more than 200 fellow prisoners and Soviet archives, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn reveals the entire apparatus of Soviet repression — the state within the state that ruled all-powerfully.Through truly Shakespearean portraits of its victims — men, women, and children — we encounter secret police operations, labor camps and prisons; the uprooting or extermination of whole populations, the “welcome” that awaited Russian soldiers who had been German prisoners of war. Yet we also witness the astounding moral courage of the incorruptible, who, defenseless, endured great brutality and degradation. “The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956″ — a grisly indictment of a regime, fashioned here into a veritable literary miracle — has now been updated with a new introduction that includes the fall of the Soviet Union and Solzhenitsyn’s move back to Russia.”

I told you he wrote a lot about labor camps!

Cover from the 1973 Perennial Library edition.

See you tomorrow! –The Daily Blini

One Day in the Live of Ivan Denisovich

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From the back of the ’63 Signet Classic edition:

“This extraordinary novel is one of the most significant and outspoken literary documents ever to come out of Soviet Russia. It is both a brutally graphic picture of life in a Stalinist work camp and a moving tribute to man’s will to prevail over relentless dehumanization. A masterpiece of modern Russian fiction, One Day in the Live of Ivan Denisovich first brought to world attention the work of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, brilliant author of The Cancer Ward and The First Circle.”

Solzhenitsyn himself spent years in Soviet labor camps and draws heavily here from his experiences. Many of his books have a central topic of Gulags, and we will some of these later this week.

This is the edition that I have, and I like the cover of it a lot.

See you tomorrow! –The Daily Blini

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In the Forest

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Illustration for "Snegurochka" [Snegurochka in the forest]

Illustration for “Snegurochka” [Snegurochka in the forest] Boris Zvorykin 1925

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Ivan and Maria

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Illustration for "Maria Morevna" [Tsarevich Ivan meets Tsarevna Maria]

Illustration for “Maria Morevna” [Tsarevich Ivan meets Tsarevna Maria] Boris Zvorykin 1925

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La Belle Vassilissa

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Illustration for "La Belle Vassilissa" [Vassilissa and Grandmother before the Tsar]

Illustration for “La Belle Vassilissa” [Vassilissa and Grandmother before the Tsar] by Boris Zvorykin 1925

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Maria Morevna

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Illustration for "Maria Morevna" [Koshchey the Deathless carries off Maria Morevna]

Illustration for “Maria Morevna” [Koshchey the Deathless carries off Maria Morevna] by Boris Zvorykin, 1925.

See you tomorrow! –The Daily Blini

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