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The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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Mar 12, 07

bookshelves: nonfiction
Recommended for: everybody
Read in October, 2006

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 unforgettable story. A 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.
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Jimbo Bretney I like his anecdotes like Yuri the Blassoff man from Lubyanka and Tenno the escape king in the katorga.


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