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Kolyma Tales - Varlam Shalamov, John Glad
Kolyma Tales
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It is estimated that some three million people died in the Soviet forced-labour camps of Kolyma, in the north-eastern area of Siberia. Shalamov himself spent seventeen years there, and in these stories he vividly captures the lives of ordinary people caught up in terrible circumstances, their... show more
It is estimated that some three million people died in the Soviet forced-labour camps of Kolyma, in the north-eastern area of Siberia. Shalamov himself spent seventeen years there, and in these stories he vividly captures the lives of ordinary people caught up in terrible circumstances, their hopes and plans extending no further than a few hours.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140186956 (0140186956)
ASIN: 140186956
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 528
Edition language: English
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Rowena's Reviews rated it
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This was a tough read but one I am very glad to have read. This was a collection of stories about the conditions in Soviet forced-labour camps during the Stalinist regime. It definitely filled in many of the knowledge gaps I had of what happened in the Siberian gulags. Only someone who spent time in...
Kris' Books.
Kris' Books. rated it
This book is entirely devoted to stories of life in the Soviet Gulag, based on the author's own 17 years experience in the Russian penal system. I have read the book in the original Russian, so I noticed that each story was written in relatively short sentences, laced with sombre words and structure...
SJane
SJane rated it
Such an excellent book. Vivid and brutal. The reader becomes the inmate, not gladly, but with great interest (and, unlike the inmates, not inextricably). Some of the best Gulag/labor camp literature I've ever read. For me it's superior to Survival in Auschwitz, and richer (if bleak is rich) to One D...
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