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The Gulag Archipelago Abridged An Experiment in Literary Investigation (The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 #1-7)

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Solzhenitsyn's gripping epic masterpiece, the searing record of four decades of Soviet terror and oppression, in one abridged volume, authorized by the author
Paperback, Abridged, 472 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics (first published 1973)
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Mike Lester
I've worked at a lot of jobs over the course of my short life. Everything from bookstore clerk, supermarket stock room, painting designs on plates, script supervisor for a soap opera, picture framing, mortgage account manager, etc. Many of these jobs have brought me into contact with the public-at-large. I've heard a lot of complaints over the years--where's the fire roasted tomatoes?, what do you mean I can't get a refund without a receipt?, why don't you have the latest Eckhart Tolle book in? ...more
Mar 12, 2007 Mikey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody
Shelves: nonfiction
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 ...more
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
A bleak and unremittingly grim account of the gulags between 1918 and 1956, narrative history rather than Solzhenitsyn’s usual literary voice. There are occasional flashes of hope and redemption, but these are few.
Solzhenitsyn provides a historical account reasoning through the state’s decision-making process and covering all the process of prison and exile from arrest to release (not so many reached release). There are detailed descriptions of the food, interrogations, torture, sanitary arrang
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Apa yang harus saya ceritakan tentang buku ini? Tak ada--atau lebih tepatnya tak bisa. Buku ini harus dibaca sendiri.

Nyaris tak ada buku yang bisa menyajikan teror semenggelisahkan buku ini. Banyak orang yang tersedu-sedan saat membaca buku tentang kekejaman holocaust seperti di buku Diary of Anne Frank atau Night. Tapi kalau mereka sudah membaca buku ini, mereka akan menangis guling-guling.

Bercerita tentang kengerian kamp konsentrasi buat para "si penjahat malang" (baca: siapapun yang dianggap
The Gulag Archipelago was one of the most potent and touching books I have ever read. I laughed so I wouldn't cry. And on a roadway construction site at age 20, no less. I always list it any time someone asks for my favorite books, and it narrowly edges Homage to Catalonia for my favorite piece of non-fiction. It encompasses the absolute worst of human nature, the inconceivable tragedy of an intra-national genocide (for "security") on a greater scale than even the Holocaust, yet Solzhenitsyn is ...more
Judul Buku : Gulag (The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956)
Penulis: Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
Penerjemah: Akhmad Susanto
Penyunting : M. Mushthafa
Penerbit : Bentang, Yogyakarta
Oktober, 2004, xxvii+630 halaman

Menguak Kamp Maut di Rusia

“Tuhan selalu tahu penderitaan di muka bumi,
tapi Dia belum pernah merasakannya” (Anatoly V. Silin, penyair Rusia)

Sejarah tak pernah bisa ditulis dengan kata “seandainya”. Lebih dari 60 tahun yang lalu sekiranya dunia tak hanya membuka mata terhadap kekejaman Nazi Jerman, m
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أهمية هذا الكتاب لا تخفف ثقله، فلذا لا أنصح بقراءته إلا للمهتمين بالحالة السوفييتية، حيث يركز هذا الكتاب على الجانب الحقوقي فيها، متناولاً بالتفصيل الموجات الاعتقالية، أساليب التحقيق، القانون السوفييتي الذي كان على أساسه يخون الناس ويزج بهم في الغولاغ الرهيب.

ستقرأ في هذا الكتاب ما يتجاوز خيالك من حالات ظلم، حيث كان يسجن كل من يبدي رأياً مخالفاً وربما يعدم، وحيث كان الناس يرسلون إلى المعتقلات لعشر سنوات بدون أي محاكمة، بل ويورد المؤلف حالات ذهب الناس فيها للمعتقلات لأنهم إما عادوا
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). 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. Now, you don't want to be the one to stop clapping first. Th
I just finished the first two volumes (all I have) of this seven-volume work. I was skeptical at first of what he could actually fill so many pages with, but as it turns out, he doesn't even reach the work camps, which are the final destination of the entire system, the place one carries out the 5, 10, or 25 years of one's sentence in the 615 pages of the first two volumes. We go over the laws on whose account one is arrested, the process of the arrest itself, the interrogation process, the pris ...more
Πολλοί αναγνώστες το συγκρίνουν με τις Ιστορίες από την Κολιμά, του Βαρλαάμ Σαλάμοφ. Γεγονός είναι ότι πραγματεύονται το ίδιο θέμα, έχουν τον χαρακτήρα του βιβλίου-ντοκουμέντου, απόρρoια των προσωπικών βιωμάτων που φέρουν οι συγγραφείς από τη διαμονή τους στα στρατόπεδα εργασίας της Σιβηρίας. Το βιβλίο του Σοζενίτσιν, ένα ταξίδι στο σκοτεινό παρελθόν, αποτελεί χρέος προς τους χιλιάδες ανθρώπους που άφησαν την τελευταία τους πνοή στα γκούλαγκ της αχανούς Ρωσικής ενδοχώρας. Είναι ένα καλό μάθημα ι ...more
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I think the real mark of narcisscism is when your book review just carries on from the previous one, without any attempt made to actually characterize anything. that's why I don't have a thousand followers and could never break into top-100 in the US. I have to sit in my foreign country and cogitate over how my Tokyo style of writing (you know, the whole I-novel thing) is just superior. you wouldn't understand it's a Japanese thing.

I have th
This will be a somewhat complex review because I am going to intertwine comments on Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago with the 20th anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

I'm reading The Gulag Archipelago right now and have just returned from a discussion of the dissolution of the Soviet Union conducted by five genuine experts: Former U.S. ambassadors and students of Soviet Affairs Tom Pickering, Mark Palmer and Arthur Hartman and veteran journalists Marvin Kalb and Ted Koppel.

Dimitris Ligoxigakis
Είναι η πρώτη φορά που θα γράψω review για κάποιο βιβλίο και θα το κάνω για να παρακινήσω περισσότερους να διαβάσουν αυτό το αριστούργημα. Πρόκειται για ένα έπος , δύο τόμων μέχρι στιγμής των 700 σελίδων ο καθένας. Και παρόλο την έκταση του ,όχι μόνο δεν κουράζει , αλλά εύχεσαι να μην τελειώσει .Δεν έχει πολλη σημασία αν διαβάσεις το 1ο βιβλίο η το 2ο , αν ξεκινήσεις από την αρχή η προσπεράσεις μερικά κεφαλαία. Αυτό που βγάζει αυτό το βιβλίο θα στο βγάλει, όπως και αν το διαβάσεις. Είναι το βιβλ ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
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 such this isn't just history--it made history. It originally circulated in 1974 underground from hand to hand in unbound typed manuscripts. The subtitle is "an experiment in literary investigation." So ...more
Gulag Archipelago is not a book I think you can really read for pleasure. It's heavy, heavy stuff, and it is -- to the best of anyone's ability -- non-fiction. It contains a lot of stark truths about Russia -- Stalin's Russia, and after -- and the conditions in the camps. We know plenty about the camps in Germany, and yet even now, decades after this book was published, I knew little about this.

I could as easily shelve it as 'horror' as I could 'non-fiction' or 'history'.

Despite that, it's not u
There is likely no other historical document as important than this one, to stand for the entire Twentieth-Century. It is the modern equivalent of the 'Divine Commedia' of Dante Alighieri. It is more necessary to read even than Shirer's 'The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich'. Anyone who doesn't accept the challenge is avoiding full awareness of the extent of depravity to which men can descend.
Kris Herndon
I used to be a bit of a showoff about reading unabridged editions of things, but a friend happened to lend me the abridged version of this and I have to say, even the abridged version nearly broke me and I have no intention of going anywhere near the unabridged version! Yes, the Gulag Archipelago can be tough going at times. It's so detailed and awful and everything in it is true. I found "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch" (by the same writer and drawing on some of the same experiences) to ...more
Joshua Steimle
I dare anyone to read this and then try to make the case that we are better off with governments than we would be without them. When is the last time a lack of the State resulted in tens of millions of people slaughtered? The alleged chaos that some claim would exist in the absence of government would have been a pleasing balm to the individuals whose experiences are described in this book, compared to what they went through under the "protection" of the State.
A Harrowing account of the times in Russia under Stalin.. I had to attempt to read it twice not because of the penmanship but rather how desperately sad the book can be.
His literary ability to be able to recount such things without any bitterness and with such humour in places enabled me to struggle on and finish it.
Most definitely worth reading if even just to realise that things are not so different today...
Don Daily
Feb 26, 2008 Don Daily rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: The terminally dull
My wife got me volume I when it was first published in English in the 1980s. I had struggled through 700 of the 1000 or so repetitive, boring pages when my wife surprised me with the 1200 page volume II. I thanked her and put them both away, never to look at them again. It would have to be a very very long cold winter before I'd make another attempt.

Mike (the Paladin)
I read this in 1974 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 can't really think of much to say about this book other than to encourage you to read it. It will open your eyes and then blow your mind.
Lynne King
It was rather a depressing book but beautifully written. I wonder how I would appreciate this now as I read it about twenty years ago.
Glyn Longden
Rating: 8/10. There is a reason why many of us don't read the assigned texts in university. When I was taking Russian history this book was 3 volumes and 1800 pages. This abridged version is just 472 pages but it is more than long enough to appreciate Solzhenitsyn's writing style. The story is familiar enough....Stalin purges the Soviet Union of intellectuals, kulaks, ethnic minorities, real or imagined political opposition; in fact, by the time he's finished probably 40 million citizens have lo ...more
Marc Cooper
This is the most significant non-fiction book that has been written in human history. This is the most significant positive book that has been written in human history. A few books are more significant, but they stray toward fiction and negative impacts here and there. This book is highly entertaining and gripping. I don't think that entertaining is necessarily the wrong word. This is a book about the survival, triumph, and complexity of the human spirit against a crushing system. That is high u ...more
Michael Gerald Dealino
A great piece of history as well as a fine piece of literary work, this mindblowing first-hand expose of the late, unlamented Soviet Union's crimes should be a must-read for every college student.

I dare say that this book should be read by every leftist who pretends to understand the world and knows the solution to its ills, real or alleged. Because unlike many from the left who pretend to espouse a mix of "nationalist" and leftist dogmas from the comfort of their homes or classrooms, Solzhenit
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Коммунизмын үеийн улс төрийн шорон Гулагийн тухай Нобелийн шагнал хүртсэн Александр Солженицыны бүтээл. Монгол орчуулга нь тэгтэл таалагдаагүй ч нэгт энэ бол уран гоёор бичсэн зохиол биш, хоёрт зохиолчийн хэлэх гэсэн санаа, гол агуулга нь ойлгомжтой байсан тул торсонгүй, уншаад дуусгачихлаа.
Энэ номыг уншаад хэдий би коммунизм, социализм барьж байгуулж байх үед амьдарч байгаагүй ч уншсан ном зохиолоосоо тэр үеийн хүмүүсийн талаар авсан мэдээлэл, төсөөлөл минь шал худлаа, жинхэнэ тархи угаасан ба
Roger DeBlanck
Solzhenitsyn’s timeless classic, first published in 1973, confronts the horrors of the Russian regime throughout the 20th century. He investigates how radical ideology drives the justification for evildoing: the elimination of dissidents as fundamental to establishing a purified society of loyalists. Even as he indicts the regime, he reflects upon the blurry line of good and evil that dwelled in his own heart and how he could have easily fallen in suit and become one of the executioners carrying ...more
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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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“If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” 608 likes
“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.” 146 likes
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