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The Gulag Archipelago Paperback – January 3, 2003
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"To live now and not to know this work is to be a kind of historical fool missing a crucial part of the consciousness of the age" -- W.L. Webb * Guardian * "The ferocious testimony of a man of genius" -- Stephen Spender * London Magazine * "What gives the book its value is the sound it gives out; the harsh roar give out by a wise and experienced animal as a warning that the herd is in danger" -- Rebecca West * Sunday Telegraph * "He is one of the towering figures of the age as a writer, as moralist, as hero... in The Gulag Archipelago he has acheived the impossible" -- Edward Crankshaw * Observer *
About the Author
Aleksander Solzhenitsyn was born in Kislovodsk, Russia, in 1918. He was brought up in Rostov, where he graduated in mathematics and physics in 1941. After distinguished service with the Red Army in the Second World War, he was imprisoned from 1945 to 1953 for making unfavourable remarks about Josef Stalin. He was rehabilitated in 1956, but in 1969 he was expelled from the Soviet Writers' Union for denouncing official censorship of his work. He was forcibly exiled from the Soviet Union in 1974 and deported to West Germany. Later he settled in America, but after Soviet officials finally dropped charges against him in 1991, he returned to his homeland in 1994 and died in August 2008, aged 89. He has written many books, of which One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Cancer Ward and The Gulag Archipelago are his best known.
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I'm writing this review so people will know they are buying the abridged version and not as an attempt to trash this masterwork. This is a great book! Because of this it should be read in its entirety.
Also, as an eBook there is no reason all 3 books could not be sold as one...after all, there is no weight to them.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is a master with words. The book takes time to read because you're constantly thinking about what you've just read. The content will leave you dumbfounded! This should be a set book in schools. If this information were well known to our younger generations, perhaps the world would be a different place and our future more secure.
There is so much that can be learned from reading this book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who believes that we can learn from history.
Any person researching Russia 1919-1948 must read this book, among others.
Like all Russian writers, AS 'talks' far too much. That is, he (and his characters) say and tell much too much about everything. AS and most other Russian and Polish writers over-tell their stories and descriptions. Where a Western writer of English might describe a passage in 300+ words; a Russian or Polish writer will need 1,500 words or more to convey the same thoughts. Over and over again.
The book could (and should) be edited down to maybe 40% of the published version.
It is somewhat depressing, so I am glad that I went with the condensed version as it would be tough to get through the full three volume set. They have done a nice job trimming down the content and giving notes as to what has been taken out.