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Gulag Archipelago: 1918-1956, Parts I-VII (1 Volume) - Community Reviews back

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Edward E. Ericson Jr., Thomas P. Whitney, Harry Willetts
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Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 5 years ago
bookshelves: autumn-2012, slavic, nonfiction, ouch, nobel-laureate, fraudio, epic-proportions, autobiography-memoir, boo-scary, bullies, execution, gangsters, holocaust-genocide, lifestyles-deathstyles, philosophy, politics, published-1958, racism, recreational-homicide, true-grime Read from Septe...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 6 years ago
Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago is a history of the Soviet Russian system of forced labor concentration camps from 1918 to 1956. The preface by Anne Applebaum says it destroyed the prestige of the Soviet Union and the belief that its version of communism, at least, had any moral legitimacy and as s...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 7 years ago
blurb - The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn's attempt to compile a literary-historical record of the vast system of prisons and labour camps that came into being shortly after the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917 and that underwent an enormous expansion during the rule of Stalin from 1924...
Not Quite Home
Not Quite Home rated it 7 years ago
I thought I would never finish reading this because I had to keep stopping to think about what I read and keep trying to put things into some kind of perspective. How do people ever recover from such tragic experiences? I take my freedom and civil rights for granted, and I can't even begin to imagin...
SJane
SJane rated it 13 years ago
This is a book I think everyone must read, and the surprising thing about it is that it's easy to read and extremely involving. It's not just facts and dates and paper outrage. Very very enlightening book that makes you want to learn more about Russia in this period. I read Kolyma Tales soon afterwa...
veeral
veeral rated it 13 years ago
One of my all time favorites.One of the accounts from the book that still makes me laugh (you read that right, though I shouldn't really) is:A political meeting was going on with about 1000 - 2000 people present in the hall somewhere in USSR (I can't recall the exact location and time of the event)....
Manny Rayner's book reviews
Manny Rayner's book reviews rated it 46 years ago
Solzhenitsyn systematically goes through the horrors of the Soviet slave labour camps, one of the blackest chapters in world history. I read this book as a teenager, not long after it came out, and I was appalled that my parents had presented the Soviet Union as anything other than a monstrosity. Fo...
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