Reserved for Soffitta1's 1001-VBB.
And claimed by Soffitta1 herself.
I loved this book.
Read it in Russian a long time ago and I wanted to re-read it. And I don't regret doing so. This book describes one day in the life of a ZEK, a prisoner in one of Stalin's special camps. And despite nothing spectacular happens, the author catches the atmosphere very well, the 'taking care of yourself, the way people look after each other to get some advantages here and there that may help them get through the many years they have to stay there.
Very impressive, especially because of its normal, every day language (simplicity is not the right word here, but it reflects the way I was able to read this book about a subject that I've only read about: like I was part of it).