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Kolyma Tales by Varlam Shalamov
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Feb 18, 12

bookshelves: 5-stars, russia
Read in January, 2008

Such an excellent book. Vivid and brutal. The reader becomes the inmate, not gladly, but with great interest (and, unlike the inmates, not inextricably).

Some of the best Gulag/labor camp literature I've ever read. For me it's superior to Survival in Auschwitz, and richer (if bleak is rich) to One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
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