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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (Один день Ивана Денисовича) is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's novel, 1st published in the Soviet literary magazine Novy Mir (New World, 11/62). The story is set in a 1950s labor camp & describes a day of an ordinary prisoner, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. Never before had an account of Stalinist repression been openly distributed. Novy Mir' ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published 1963 by E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc. (first published 1962)
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TK421
Apr 01, 2010 TK421 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary
Dear Mr. Solzhenitsyn,

I am not a Russian scholar, not even in the armchair variety. But you have done something magical in ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH that eclipsed this reader's ignorance: you have transmuted what it was like to live a life day-in and day-out in much the same fashion. Think about it: Morning, the same as yesterday. Afternoon: the same as yesterday's afternoon. The night: yep, the same. And this made me yearn for a day when Ivan would awaken and see that it would be d
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karen
it's all about perspective.

yeah, ivan denisovich shukov is in a soviet labor camp, where he is freezing and has to work at bullshit tasks and is being punished for something he didn't even get to do (because being a spy is cool, while being punished for being a spy when you didn't even get to have the fun of being a spy is lame), and it's all terrible with no end in sight, but come on.

he got to sleep late. his punishment for oversleeping is he had to wash some floors - indoors - instead of work
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Brad
I want to appreciate life the way Ivan Denisovich Shukov does.

I want to take pride in my work; I want to taste every bite of sausage, suck the marrow out of every fish bone, enjoy every puff of every cigarette, bask in a sunset, watch the moon cross the sky, fall asleep content; I want to focus on the necessities of living; I want to focus on life, but I have too much. It's not much compared to most everyone I know, but it is still too much.

And because it is too much I can't appreciate life the
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Lisa
Some Nobel Prizes in Literature resulted in more trouble than glory for the laureates. Little did it matter to Harry Martinson that his genius epic poem Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem spoke for his worthiness as a Nobel Laureate, the bad press that followed the announcement ruined his mental health.

In the case of Solzhenitsyn, the attention he received internationally after the award quite literally threatened his physical well-being and his ability to live and write in the country he con
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Mohammed  Ali
Apr 21, 2017 Mohammed Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أين ؟؟

- معتقلات الغولاغ .

؟

- غلافنايا اوبرافلينية اسبرافيتلنيا ترودفيخ أي ( الإدارة الرئيسية لمعسكرات الإصلاح والعمل ) و التي أطلق عليها اسم معسكرات الرعب و الموت.

متى ؟

- جوزيف فيساريونوفيتش ستالين !!

بمعنى ؟؟

- شبكة من المعتقلات و المعسكرات أنشأها الحزب الشيوعي الستاليني بهدف تطهير الولاء و الإنتماء لستالين، من معارضين، خونة، إرهابيين، موالين لأعداء الحزب و أيضا من أجل اعتقال كل فئات الشعب سواء كانوا متّهمين أو غير متّهمين، إنّها الديكتاتورية في أبهى حللها .

هل من الممكن أن تشرح أكثر ؟

- شملت الاعتقا
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Anna
May 11, 2008 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
My copy of the 1963 novel that won Alexander Solzhenitsyn the Nobel Prize is thirty-six years old, and it looks it--not just because it is dog-eared and the pages tinged yellow, but because the jacket copy is thick with Cold War fever.

This copy, for example, is "THE COMPLETE, UNEXPURGATED TRANSLATION BY RONALD HINGLEY AND MAX HAYWARD." One Day is "A SHATTERING PORTRAIT OF LIFE INSIDE STALINIST RUSSA.' It is also:

"the terrifying story of an almost unbelievable man-made hell--the Soviet work cam
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Fabian
Aug 29, 2014 Fabian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moral of the tale: no matter your socioeconomic position in life, or the degree of happiness in it, hard WORK is just the thing to let the hours sift on by...

The book that caused such a general sensation back then is but a significant albeit very tiny beep on the literature radar now. The smallness made big by elegant & overexpressive prose is a sight to behold, but not, alas, a true wonder to read.
ماجد دحام
واخيرا اكتملت قراءتي لهذه الروايه ، مع انها تكن مملة او طويله على الإطلاق (مائتا صفحه فقط ) لكنني لم اعرف الى الآن ماهو السبب الذي جعلني استغرق كل هذا الوقت الطويل في قراءتها ...
حسنا اليكم قراءتي الكامله لهذه الرواية .
فتيات روسيات في مقتبل العمر تزين رؤوسهن زهور بيضاء وقفن في صفين متقابلين ، قسم منهن وضع الخبز في اطباق ، بينما رفع القسم الاخر منهن آنية الخمر في وضع المناوله ، هذا المشهد سبق نزول الكسندر سولنجستين من سلم الطائرة التي اقلته الى ارض الوطن بعد رحلة اغتراب قسريه قضاها بعيدا عن ربوع
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Diane
Nov 29, 2011 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons." -- Fyodor Dostoevsky

This book was a good way to take my mind off of my own problems. Reading about the grueling conditions of a Soviet gulag made my daily worries seem trivial.

The novel is set in Stalin's Russia of the 1950s and follows the prisoner Shukhov from the moment he wakes up at 5 a.m. to when he finally goes to bed after laboring all day. Shukhov was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor, even though he was
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mai ahmd
Apr 06, 2015 mai ahmd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يذكرك هذا الكتاب بأن أرواح الشر لا تتجسد إلا في شكل بشري !

أتسائل هل فعلا أحداث الرواية جرت في يوم واحد .. كان يوما طويلا جدا على إيفان بلاشك .. احسب إننا كقراء شعرنا به وكأنه دهرا لما في اليوم من أعباء رهيبة على السجين أن يحتملها فمابالك بمن عاشها فعلا ولفترة طويلة من الوقت !

الرواية ملحمة الحياة اليومية القاسية التي أعدتها روسيا لمعارضيها في معسكرات العمل في سيبيريا تتقاطع مع يوميات دستوفسكي ذكريات في بيت الموتى لكنها تختلف كلية في طريقة السرد وتبتعد عن الدخول في سريرة السجناء والسجانين ونفسياته
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Lyn
May 01, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totalitarian communism could produce some harsh results.

Such is the succinct message sent by Soviet writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in his 1962 publication One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. First published in the Soviet journal Novy Mir, and then later translated into many, many languages including English, Solzhenitsyn uses severe realism to describe conditions in a Soviet political prisoner camp.

Literally telling a twenty-four hour period in the life of the camp, we follow various characte
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Sidharth Vardhan
"“Can a man who's warm understand one who's freezing?”


What I have to say might spoil the book. And so here are two quotes from two other Nobel laureates, the first describes the book well enough and the second is in case you feel depressed after on condition of humanity after reading it:

Writer " cannot put himself today in the service of those who make history; he is at the service of those who suffer it."
-Albert Camus

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”
― Pab
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Paul Bryant
Oct 09, 2007 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
this was like the last couple of holidays i have been forced to go on with my family. they make you do all this crap and then they make you pretend you are having a good time doing it as if just doing it is not enough for them you have to keep saying you are having a good time and grinning like a babboon. so i could see where the guy in this book was coming from. but that didnt make it suck less. they made me go in a zoo which is gross the animals are not really like on tv and some of them resen ...more
Eric
Sep 27, 2007 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like Russian Literature.
Shelves: modern
I hadn't noticed how much this book had affected me until I sat down to dinner. Bear with me. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch is a fascinating story in light of its historical context. While reading the book I had a hard time reminding myself that this story didn't take place in some nineteenth century prison, but in the nineteen fifties. The life that these men live is hard, grueling, and for that Ivan describes his day as a good one. One in three thousand six hundred and fifty three da ...more
Riku Sayuj
Jul 28, 2011 Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel-winners

Single Quote Review:

Macbeth’s self-justifications were feeble—and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb too. The imagination and the spiritual strength of Shakespeare’s evildoers stopped short at a dozen corpses. Because they had no ideology.
فهد الفهد
يوم في حياة إيفان دينيسوفيتش

هذا أحد الكتب الرهيبة، ربما لا يفوقه رهبة إلا كتاب المؤلف الآخر (أرخبيل الغولاغ)، وكلا الكتابين يتناولان تجربة الاعتقال الرهيبة في الاتحاد السوفييتي، تلك المعتقلات التي لا يعود منها أحد، والتي ابتلعت ملايين الناس خلال تلكم السنوات المؤلمة.

الفارق ما بين الكتابين هو أن هذا الكتاب عبارة عن رواية تصور يوماً واحداً من أيام إيفان دينيسوفيتش شوخوف، أحد هؤلاء المنكوبين الذين قادهم حظهم العاثر إلى الغولاغ، كيف سيكون هذا اليوم الغولاغي، هذا ما سنعود له لاحقاً، الكتاب الثاني خ
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Jim
This is supposed to be a full, uncensored version unlike the originals & done by a better translator. According to the foreword, there's not a lot of change, just some sentiments & details that wouldn't have made it originally. It's been too long since I read my old paperback copy for me to tell if that was the same or not, though. It doesn't really matter, this is an incredibly moving & perceptive novel. Since it's a 50 year old classic, I'm not going to worry about spoilers in my r ...more
Ammara Abid
Dec 12, 2016 Ammara Abid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-to-buy
Bitterly cold wind whips all around me!
One of the most chilling book I have ever read.

"The belly is a demon. It doesn't remember how well you treated it yesterday; it'll cry out for more tomorrow."
-Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Connie
During the Stalin regime, people were sentenced to hard labor for the flimsiest reasons. I wondered why the author focused on just one single day in a grim labor camp since the prisoners usually had long imprisonments of eight to twenty years. Ivan Denisovich Shukhov is in his eighth year of a ten year sentence. Conditions are horrible with inadequate food, warm clothes, and heat in frigid conditions. But he cannot think of the future because his prison term could be extended if the authorities ...more
Edward
Foreword

--One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Jan-Maat
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn had two huge strokes of luck with One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.

Firstly Khrushchev allowed its publication in the journal Novy Mir. This is something that should make readers cautious. It was the first story published in the Soviet Union set in the Gulag system, it wasn't a a searing indictment of the soviet system it was something that was considered fit for publication in the context of a society which was making tentative steps into de-Stalinisation.

Secondly i
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Brad
Mar 08, 2011 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm slowly getting sucked into the world of audiobooks and loving them more and more, but I nearly abandoned this one. I am glad I didn't, though.

This Blackstone edition suffers from one of the most painful voices I have ever heard -- some guy named Richard Brown. He has a nasally, whiny, smoke-too-much voice that grates the ears the way skin grates when a thumb slips off a carrot and gets shredded. He makes no attempt to offer performance of any sort, opting instead for straight reading. No var
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K.D. Absolutely
I have read so many novels with concentration camps as setting so this classic and controversial book just did not really have much impact to me. In fact, this day in the life of Ivan Denisovich is comparable to just another day in the life of K.D. Absolutely.

You see, there are days when K.D. Absolutely is sick but he has to go to the office because he needs to work for his family. He is the breadwinner because his wife has already retired after 20 plus years of working trying to augment what in
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Shovelmonkey1
Literary brilliance captured in one book, in one day and one man's story. Evocative descriptions of a days toil in the frozen wastes of a Siberian labour camp where unthinkable hardships are subtly diminished by the joy and the triumph of surviving another day. Precise, cold, crisp, bitter and hardened like the tundra upon which the writer stood as he scribed this story. Well deserving of its place on the 1001 books to read before you die list. If you read one book from the list this year, make ...more
Mariel
Aug 16, 2011 Mariel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: don't get your honey where you make your money
Recommended to Mariel by: penguins
Alexandr Solzhenitsyn's novel is over wrought like a fence. (It would have to be a barbed wire fence guarded by guards with hard-ons for injustice and big drooling trained guard doggies. One inmate stuck his tongue to the frozen pole on a dare and another can't get his head out because there is no butter.)

Heaven exists in the gulag in the shape of snow angels. Arms flapping hopelessly in the snow shapes of angels. We'll lay side by side and look up at the frost cracks in the ceiling tracing the
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Aubrey
4.5/5

Ivan 'Shukhov' Denisovich, I ask. How do you function?

You have spent eight years in a total of two prison camps, consigned to backbreaking amounts of work in some of the worst environments known to man.
If it went down to forty-two below zero they weren't supposed to be marched out to work.
Ivan! What could you have possibly done to deserve such a fate? Ah, that's right. You were a POW in WWII, so obviously you collaborated with the Germans as a spy. So you were sentenced to ten years in p
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Bushra
= ربما المراجعة تكشف بعض أحداث الرواية..
رواية خانقة بكل معنى الكلمة.. هناك ربما المئات من قصص السجون.. بعضها متشابهة في مغزاها أو فكرتها..
لكن هنا لا يوجد ضرب ودماء وتفنن في التعذيب..
لا يوجد اغراق في وصف حزن البطل ونفسيته..
لا يوجد ذكريات أو ذكر لظروف البطل خارج السجن أو قصة عائلته..
لا يوجد ذكر لقضيته أو ربما تم ذكرها لكن نسيتها لقلة التركيز عليها..
لا يوجد مشاكل بين المعتقلين بل ان علاقتهم تميل الى التعاون والاتفاق..
وحتى انك لا تشعر بعداوة حقيقية حتى بين المعتقلين والسجانين..
وكأن الكاتب -وهو الخبي
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Adina
Aug 03, 2015 Adina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short, classics, russian
Who needs air conditioning when there is this book? I could feel the chill of the Siberian winter even if at home I am struggling with 38 degrees celsius.
Andrew Smith
Jul 28, 2011 Andrew Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this short book when I was at school. I can't recall what prompted me to do so - perhaps a teacher or maybe I heard someone talking about it. It certainly wasn't on the school curriculum. I do know that it made a great impression on me. I told everyone who would listen about this amazing tale, based around real life events. I think I probably even lectured a few people on how lucky they (we!) were.

Following one day (naturally enough) in the life of a prisoner in a Siberian prison camp, my
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Evripidis Gousiaris
Δύσκολα θα αποδεχτείς ότι το βιβλίο αυτό περιγράφει μόνο μια μέρα από την ζωή στα σταλινικά γκουλάγκ!

Και τρομακτικό το γεγονός ότι χαρακτηρίζεται από τον ίδιο τον κρατούμενο  ως "μια σχεδόν ευτυχισμένη ημέρα".

Ανησυχώ για αυτά που θα συναντήσω στο Αρχιπέλαγος Γκουλάγκ...
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Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Soviet and Russian novelist, dramatist, and historian. Through his writings he helped to make the world aware of the Gulag, the Soviet Union's forced labor camp system – particularly The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, two of his best-known works.

Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970. He was exiled from
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