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O Arquipélago de Gulag (The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 #1-7)

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Arhipelagul Gulag este cartea care a deschis ochii Occidentului asupra ororilor totalitarismului sovietic, aducând la lumina experientele subumane din lagarele de reeducare prin munca din URSS.

Devenita foarte repede o adevarata Biblie a disidentilor din fostul bloc sovietic, Arhipelagul Gulag este o “încercare de investigatie literara” a anilor pe care Alexandr Soljenitîn
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Published (first published 1973)
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Rick Lee The abridged version was done by the author... he recognized that it needed to be done. I would recommend the abridged version. It's still a big fat…moreThe abridged version was done by the author... he recognized that it needed to be done. I would recommend the abridged version. It's still a big fat book, but not nearly so intimidating. (less)
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Mike Lester
Aug 10, 2011 Mike Lester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Manny
Dec 05, 2008 Manny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 10, 2009 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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.

Update: I don't know how many of you have followed the...discussion that has been going on here but it inspired me to extend this review a little. 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 no
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Paul
Nov 14, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian-history
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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Mikey
Mar 12, 2007 Mikey rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Veeral
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
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Sean Wilson
Nov 08, 2013 Sean Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, non-fiction
"They have tightly bound my body, but my soul is beyond their power."

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago changed me. It changed my perception of true suffering in the world, and identifying with it. This identification of suffering has helped shape my life. From now on I won't complain when I wash dishes, when I have to do an extra hours overtime, when something so insignificant in this world doesn't go my way. All I need to think about is the unnecessary suffering of the millions o
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فهد الفهد
أرخبيل الغولاغ

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
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Max
Dec 03, 2016 Max rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian
“Each of us is a center of the Universe, and that Universe is shattered when they hiss at you: “You are under arrest.” So Solzhenitsyn’s journey into the gulag began in 1945 where he spent eight years. This is a personal history by a survivor of the false arrest, the long prison sentence, the brutal dehumanizing treatment that sends shivers up the spine. Solzhenitsyn also reports the experiences of many others. Each report is heartfelt. Solzhenitsyn changed history by once and for all underminin ...more
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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
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Amor Towles
Oct 24, 2016 Amor Towles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

FIVE EXPANSIVE BOOKS SET IN CLOSE QUARTERS (#3)

This summer, the Wall Street Journal asked me to pick five books I admired that were somehow reminiscent of A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW. To that end, I wrote on five works in which the action is confined to a small space, but in which the reader somehow experiences the world. Here is #3:

In 1945, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, an officer of the Russian army and recipient of the Order of the Red Star, was arrested for including criticisms of Stalin in his personal
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Pandasurya
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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Owen
Dec 15, 2010 Owen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Gary
May 29, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most monumental accounts of one of the cruellest ideologies of history,this book should be read by all
Layer by layer Solzhenitsyn exposes the hideous system of imprisonment ,death and torture that he refers to as the 'Gulag Archipelago'
He strips away that the misconception of the good Tsar Lenin betrayed by his evil heirs and exposes how it was Lenin and his henchmen who put into place the brutal totalitarianism , which would be inherited and continued by Stalin
In fact the only thing
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Robert
Dec 07, 2011 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Let
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Adam
Jan 07, 2009 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
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
Nikki
Aug 19, 2008 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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S.
Jan 17, 2014 S. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: white-rabbit, hookah
is this still on? is my connection still working?

hello?

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
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George
Gulag Archipelago by Alexander Solzhenitsyn is an important, powerful book. If you are interested in 20th Century history or interested in the future of humanity - this book is required reading. Although this book played a significant role in the dissolution of the Soviet Union, its primary importance is the message it proclaims to the present and to the future.

Its message transcends time and place: It reveals the weakness of human character and the strength of the human spirit. It demonstrates
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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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اعترف بأنني لم أكمله و مع هذا أعطيه اربع نجوم و فيما لو كنت مهتمة بالموضوع فاعتقد انني كنت سأمسحه خمس نجوم
وصلت لمنتصف الكتاب بملل تام لان الموضوع و حكايات المعتقلين لا تهمني اضافة الى اننا كعراقيين نعرف الكثير من هَذِهِ القصص التي تبدو صادمة للبعض بينما هي لكثرة تكرارها عندنا صارت شبه اعتيادية ، لا أوافق المقدم الذي تسائل عن الغرض من كُتب كهذهِ ، هذا كتاب للتاريخ و للأجيال القادمة لمعرفة مخاطر الحكم الشمولي و مضاره و كيف ان رغبتك بالإصلاح قد تجعل منك في اخر الامر سبباً في انتاج ظلم أسوء من ما ق
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Akaitsoti
Dec 25, 2013 Akaitsoti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Για κάποιον που είναι ανίδεος για το τι μπορεί να συνέβαινε τότε θα πρέπει να γίνει Βίβλος αυτό το βιβλίο. Δεν ήταν τυχαία άλλωστε η απαγόρευσή του. Από εκεί και πέρα ομως για μένα ηταν σαν να διαβάζω πολλές πληροφορίες νούμερα ημερομηνίες μαζεμένες... Not my kind of thing. ...more
احمد عبد الفضيل
بعض البشر ليسوا بشراً.
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من إصدارات دار علاء الدين
كتاب أرخبيل غولاغ
للروسى الحائز على نوبل ألكسندر سولجنيتسين
ترجمة نجم سلمان الحجار.
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اسم الكتاب الغريب من كلمتين أرخبيل وهى المساحات الارضية الواسعة المتقاربة
وغولاغ اطلق على معسكرات الاعتقال التى كانت تتم فيها عمليات التعذيب
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الكتاب مكون من ثمانية فصول وهو عبارة عن دراسة تحليلية ل
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ايمان
Dec 18, 2014 ايمان rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كوثيقة تاريخية للحقبة الاشتراكية بروسيا فان هذا الكتاب يعتبر مهما لكل باحث يريد أن يتعمق في النظام القمعي الذي انتهجه قادة الثورة البولشفية و خاصة في عهد ستالين.
Navessa
Jul 08, 2013 Navessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 24, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
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
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
Grace Crandall
Jul 03, 2016 Grace Crandall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!
Shelves: histories
This is a book of sharp edges. I'm not sure how else to describe it--whether it's the broken-glass sharpness of tragic stories that cut your heart to bleeding or the sharpness of the iron-blade ideas, the knives thrown at the soviet regime that, at the time this was written, still held significant power. It's a book full of blood and tears and hope, and it's infinitely worth reading.
I'd be lying if I said I remember everything that was discussed in this book, because there is so much. Sometimes
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Kris Herndon
Oct 27, 2011 Kris Herndon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 (6 books)
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