The Gulag Archipelago has ratings and reviews. Manny said: Solzhenitsyn systematically goes through the horrors of the Soviet slave. The Gulag Archipelago helped create the world we live in today’ Anne The Gulag Archipelago is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s grand masterwork. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn has called “The Gulag Archipelago” his “main” work, setting it above the major novels that won him the reputation of.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Drawing on his own incarceration and exile, archiplelago well as on evidence from more than fellow prisoners and Soviet archives, Aleksandr I.
Solzhenitsyn reveals the entire apparatus of Soviet repression — the state within the solshenitsyn that ruled all-powerfully. Through truly Shakespearean portraits of its victims — men, women, and children — we encounter secret police operatio Drawing on his own incarceration and exile, as well as on evidence from more than fellow prisoners and Soviet archives, Aleksandr I. 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 — 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.
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Or should I go with the full version? Rick Lee The abridged version was done by the author I would recommend the abridged version. It’s still a big fat …more The abridged version was done by the author It’s gulwg a big fat book, but not nearly so intimidating. How is this book organized? I’m looking online and I see references to different volumes e. Could someone clear this up for me?
Lyndon Moore There are a total of 3 volumes, all out of print. There are some re-prints and new editions of abridged versions out there. Seeing as how the author …more There are a total of 3 volumes, all out of print. Seeing as how the alkesandr suffered terribly to write archipielxgo books, they had to be hidden from the KGB, and people died in their creation, we owe it to the author to read solzhrnitsyn whole thing.
See all 5 questions about The Gulag Archipelago …. Lists with This Book. 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.
For some reason, leftist people wouldn’t properly admit it for a long time. I still can’t quite understand why. If you feel any shadow of sympathy for Soviet Russia, read Solzhenitsyn and you will be cu Solzhenitsyn systematically aleisandr through the horrors of the Soviet slave labour camps, one of the blackest chapters archiielago world history. If you feel any shadow of sympathy for Soviet Russia, read Solzhenitsyn and you will be cured.
One of the first myths he explodes is that it was archiielago Stalin’s fault, and that Lenin was basically a good guy. Lenin just happened to die early, so it wasn’t as obvious that he was equally to blame. Solzhenitsyn recounts a comparatively minor and unknown incident from the revolution, where Lenin brutally orders some railway workers to be executed for not fully cooperating with the Bolsheviks.
He was responsible for dozens of much worse things. View all 67 comments.
Jul 11, Lori rated it really liked it. I can not in archi;ielago conscience say that I really like a book about Soviet Gulags. To be honest, I repeatedly reached my limit of emotional energy. The story of any one of the 20 million people directly affected would have more impact.
In a aleksanvr of ways, this a response to critics and deniers of his earlier book. View all 14 comments. Nov 10, Mike the Paladin rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this in in a bad situation in my life. This put “a bad situation” in America in a totally new light. I wish more Americans would listen and have listened to Solzhenitsyn. I don’t know how many of you have followed the The above is the original review in which I simply urged people to read the book for themselves as it has much to say acrhipielago is applicable in many ways to events happening no I read this in in a bad situation in my life.
The above is the original review in which I simply urged people to read the book for themselves as it has much to say and is applicable in many ways to events happening now. The book traces the history of the Soviet Gulag and then the willing “refusal to look” at the Gulag system that went on till the ’80s well after the book’s publication.
I still recommend this book I doubt anyone will have trouble seeing the resemblance between the Gulags and the Concentration Camps of the Third Reich There has also been a suggestion that Solzhenitsyn was antisemitic.
This apparently came from the controversy over his book Two Hundred Years Together where he says that “some” Jews were as much perpetrators as victims in Russia. I can’t take a stand on this but so far as I can see it’s not antisemitism it’s simply part of the book. It was intended to be a comprehensive history of Jews in Russia.
So far as THIS book goes I still recommend it and suggest as I do about all books that it be approached while thinking. View all comments. Mar 12, Mikey rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Given its historical importance, I fully expected that The Gulag Archipelago would be a lofty read.
What I didn’t expect was that it works so well as a story. Instead of being a straight history book, Gulag lies somewhere between journalism and history, and Solzhenitsyn’s narrative voice is familiar and engaging. The book feels less like a history lesson, and more like a conversation with a good friend who knows how to put together and express an interesting, important, heartbreaking, and unforg Given its historical importance, I fully expected that The Gulag Archipelago would be a lofty read.
The book feels less like a history lesson, and more like a conversation with a good friend who knows how to aleksandt together and express an interesting, important, heartbreaking, and unforgettable story. Arcihpielago narrative about the Soviet prison camps seems like it would be so weighty as to be unreadable, but Solzhenitsyn makes it surprisingly palatable. It’s quite refreshing when you read a classic for the first time, and instantly understand where all the hype came from.
Nov 20, Veeral rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 – people present gulav the hall somewhere in USSR I can’t recall the exact location and time of the event.
Now the desiderata for survival in Stalin era was that everyone should stand up and clap their hands furiously at the mention of his name, and you don’t want to be the one to stop clapping aleksajdr. Thi One of my all time favorites.
This might suggest that you oppose Comrade Stalin how dare you, O ye of feeble bourgeois mentality. So, at this assembly someone inevitably mentioned Stalin’s name. Right at that exact moment the whole congregation stood up and began to clap without forgetting to put a beaming stupid smile on their faces. Now you can’t be sure that if Cheka agents are watching you at that moment or not. So this went on for 8 minutes I tried clapping for 10 seconds myself and came to the conclusion that you clap twice in a second if you are doing it with gusto – fake or genuine.
So they battered their hands together for at least times. After smashing their hands together until they began to hurt, the highest ranking local member of the Party at the meeting decided that this was getting ridiculous even by then Soviet Standards.
He thought that 8 minutes of clapping and smiling was enough for showing their loyalty for a singular mention of Comrade Stalin’s name.
The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
So he slowly stopped clapping and sat down. The congregation took no more than half a second to do likewise following his lead. Nobody spoke anything about the event in the concluding hours of the meeting. But I am pretty much sure that everybody made certain that they didn’t mention Stalin’s name again for rest of the evening. Next day, the Party member was arrested and never heard from again.
This book would have been comical if it would have been a work of fiction rather than non-fiction. But alas, that is not the case which makes it a sad sad collection of numerous accounts of human suffering under Soviet tyranny. View all 3 comments. Nov 14, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: There are occasional flashes of hope and redemption, but these are few.
There are detailed descriptions of the food, interrogations, torture, sanitary arrangements, travel, weather, clothing, the guards, stool pigeons, the daily work, rebellions, hunger strikes, executions, cells, relationships between the sexes and exile. It is comprehensive and Solzhenitsyn does not spare the reader.