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The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 : an experiment in literary investigation

Author: Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenit︠s︡yn
Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2002.
Series: Perennial classic.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Perennial Classics edView all editions and formats
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Drawing on his own experiences before, during, and after his 11 years of incarceration and exile, Solzhenitsyn reveals with torrential narrative and dramatic power the entire apparatus of Soviet repression. Through truly Shakespearean portraits of its victims, we encounter the secret police operations, the labor camps and prisons, the uprooting or extermination of whole populations. Yet we also witness astounding  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenit︠s︡yn
ISBN: 0060007761 9780060007768
OCLC Number: 47718032
Notes: Previously published: New York : Harper & Row, 1985.
Description: xxiv, 472 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 21 cm.
Contents: Foreword to the abridgment --
Introduction to the Perennial Classics edition --
Author's note --
pt. I. The prison industry --
1. Arrest --
2. The history of our sewage disposal system --
3. The interrogation --
4. The bluecaps --
5. First cell, first love --
6. That spring --
7. In the engine room --
8. The law as a child --
9. The law becomes a man --
10. The law matures --
11. The supreme measure --
12. Tyurzak --
pt. II. Perpetual motion --
I. The ships of the Archipelago --
2. The ports of the Archipelago --
3. The slave caravans --
4. From island to island --
pt. III. The destructive-labor camps --
1. The fingers of Aurora --
2. The Archipelago rises from the sea --
3. The Archipelago metastasizes --
4. The Archipelago hardens --
5. What the Archipelago stands on --
6. "They've brought the fascists!" --
7. The way of life and customs of the natives --
8. Women in camp --
9. The trusties --
10. In place of politicals --
11. The loyalists --
12. Knock, knock, knock ... --
13. Hand over your second skin too! --
14. Changing one's fate! --
15. Punishments --
16. The socially friendly --
17. The kids --
18. The muses in Gulag --
19. The Zeks as a nation --
20. The dogs' service --
21. Campside --
22. We are building --
pt. IV. The soul and barbed wire --
1. The ascent --
2. Or corruption? --
3. Our muzzled freedom --
pt. V. Katorga --
1. The doomed --
2. The first whiff of revolution --
3. Chains, chains ... --
4. Why did we stand for it? --
5. Poetry under a tombstone, truth under a stone --
6. The committed escaper --
7. The white kitten (Georgi Tenno's tale) --
8. Escapes--morale and mechanics --
9. The kids with Tommy guns --
10. Behind the wire the ground is burning --
11. Tearing at the chains --
12. The forty days of Kengir --
pt. VI. Exile --
1. Exile in the first years of freedom --
2. The peasant plague --
3. The ranks of exile thicken --
4. Nations in Exile --
5. End of sentence --
6. The good life in exile --
7. Zeks at liberty --
pt. VII. Stalin is no more --
1. Looking back on it all --
2. Rulers change, the Archipelago remains --
3. The law today --
Afterword --
P.P.S.
Series Title: Perennial classic.
Other Titles: Arkhipelag GULag, 1918-1956.
Responsibility: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn ; translated from the Russian by Thomas P. Whitney and Harry Willetts ; abridged by Edward E. Ericson.
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Drawing on his own experiences before, during, and after his 11 years of incarceration and exile, Solzhenitsyn reveals with torrential narrative and dramatic power the entire apparatus of Soviet repression. Through truly Shakespearean portraits of its victims, we encounter the secret police operations, the labor camps and prisons, the uprooting or extermination of whole populations. Yet we also witness astounding moral courage, the incorruptibility with which the occasional individual or a few scattered groups, all defenseless, endured brutality and degradation. Solzhenitsyn's genius has transmuted this grisly indictment into a literary miracle.

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