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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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The only English translation authorized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

First published in the Soviet journal Novy Mir in 1962, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich stands as a classic of contemporary literature. The story of labor-camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, it graphically describes his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of communist oppression. An unforget
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Published March 16th 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published November 1962)
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Tytti It's set in a forced labour camp, millions of people died in camps like that, many were tortured. Does it really matter if it has sex or "language" in…moreIt's set in a forced labour camp, millions of people died in camps like that, many were tortured. Does it really matter if it has sex or "language" in it?(less)
Madeleine Gianna The most accurate version –and the only one Solzhenitsyn authorized– is the one translated by H. T. Willetts. Everyman's Library has a great edition…moreThe most accurate version –and the only one Solzhenitsyn authorized– is the one translated by H. T. Willetts. Everyman's Library has a great edition of it. Hope that helps.(less)
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TK421
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dear Mr. Solzhenitsyn,

I am not a Russian scholar, not even in the armchair variety. But you have done something magical in ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH that eclipsed this reader's ignorance: you have transmuted what it was like to live a life day-in and day-out in much the same fashion. Think about it: Morning, the same as yesterday. Afternoon: the same as yesterday's afternoon. The night: yep, the same. And this made me yearn for a day when Ivan would awaken and see that it would be d
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Lisa
Some Nobel Prizes in Literature resulted in more trouble than glory for the laureates. Little did it matter to Harry Martinson that his genius epic poem Aniara: An Epic Science Fiction Poem spoke for his worthiness as a Nobel Laureate, the bad press that followed the announcement ruined his mental health.

In the case of Solzhenitsyn, the attention he received internationally after the award quite literally threatened his physical well-being and his ability to live and write in the country he cons
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karen
it's all about perspective.

yeah, ivan denisovich shukov is in a soviet labor camp, where he is freezing and has to work at bullshit tasks and is being punished for something he didn't even get to do (because being a spy is cool, while being punished for being a spy when you didn't even get to have the fun of being a spy is lame), and it's all terrible with no end in sight, but come on.

he got to sleep late. his punishment for oversleeping is he had to wash some floors - indoors - instead of work
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Brad
I want to appreciate life the way Ivan Denisovich Shukov does.

I want to take pride in my work; I want to taste every bite of sausage, suck the marrow out of every fish bone, enjoy every puff of every cigarette, bask in a sunset, watch the moon cross the sky, fall asleep content; I want to focus on the necessities of living; I want to focus on life, but I have too much. It's not much compared to most everyone I know, but it is still too much.

And because it is too much I can't appreciate life the
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Odin den Ivana Denisovicha = One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, is a novel by Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, first published in November 1962 in the Soviet literary magazine Novy Mir (New World). The story is set in a Soviet labor camp in the 1950s and describes a single day in the life of ordinary prisoner, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov.
عنوانها: یک روز از زندگی ایوان دنیسوویچ؛ یک روز از زندگی ایوان دنیسویچ؛ یک روزِ ایوان دنیسو
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ماجد دحام
واخيرا اكتملت قراءتي لهذه الروايه ، مع انها تكن مملة او طويله على الإطلاق (مائتا صفحه فقط ) لكنني لم اعرف الى الآن ماهو السبب الذي جعلني استغرق كل هذا الوقت الطويل في قراءتها ...
حسنا اليكم قراءتي الكامله لهذه الرواية .
فتيات روسيات في مقتبل العمر تزين رؤوسهن زهور بيضاء وقفن في صفين متقابلين ، قسم منهن وضع الخبز في اطباق ، بينما رفع القسم الاخر منهن آنية الخمر في وضع المناوله ، هذا المشهد سبق نزول الكسندر سولنجستين من سلم الطائرة التي اقلته الى ارض الوطن بعد رحلة اغتراب قسريه قضاها بعيدا عن ربوع
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Mohammed  Ali
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أين ؟؟

- معتقلات الغولاغ .

؟

- غلافنايا اوبرافلينية اسبرافيتلنيا ترودفيخ أي ( الإدارة الرئيسية لمعسكرات الإصلاح والعمل ) و التي أطلق عليها اسم معسكرات الرعب و الموت.

متى ؟

- جوزيف فيساريونوفيتش ستالين !!

بمعنى ؟؟

- شبكة من المعتقلات و المعسكرات أنشأها الحزب الشيوعي الستاليني بهدف تطهير الولاء و الإنتماء لستالين، من معارضين، خونة، إرهابيين، موالين لأعداء الحزب و أيضا من أجل اعتقال كل فئات الشعب سواء كانوا متّهمين أو غير متّهمين، إنّها الديكتاتورية في أبهى حللها .

هل من الممكن أن تشرح أكثر ؟

- شملت الاعتقا
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Fabian
Aug 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moral of this Tale: No matter your socioeconomic position in life, or the degree of happiness in it, hard WORK is just the thing to let the hours sift on by...

The book that caused such a general sensation back then is but a significant albeit very tiny beep on the literature radar now. The smallness made big by elegant & overexpressive prose is a sight to behold, but not, alas, a true wonder to read.
رؤیا
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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چگونه میشود از نویسنده مورد علاقه ات بخوانی و این حجم خوانش که باید فقط دو روز طول بکشد روزها به طول بینجامد؟ هربار که کتاب را باز کردم فقط چند صفحه طاقت آوردم....هربار آنچنان قلبم به هم فشرده و روحم درهم گسیخته شد که مجبور به بستن کتاب شدم....زندگی را از این منظر دشوار نگاه کردن و خواندن برای من درد و ناباوری به همراه داشت....نمیدانستم باید به حال هزاران هزار نفری که در طول دوران به ناحق و این چنان ظالمانه به سالها زندانی کشیدن در بدترین و سردترین نقطه دنیا محکوم شده اند بگریم یا از آدمیانی که ...more
Mostafa Galal
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية صادمة مليئة بالألم والواقعية أجاد فيها الكاتب وصف مشاعر البطل دون تطويل أو مط كما هو الحال في كثير من الروايات الروسية الحديثة و التي يتجاوز بعضها الألف صفحة
Anna
May 11, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My copy of the 1963 novel that won Alexander Solzhenitsyn the Nobel Prize is thirty-six years old, and it looks it--not just because it is dog-eared and the pages tinged yellow, but because the jacket copy is thick with Cold War fever.

This copy, for example, is "THE COMPLETE, UNEXPURGATED TRANSLATION BY RONALD HINGLEY AND MAX HAYWARD." One Day is "A SHATTERING PORTRAIT OF LIFE INSIDE STALINIST RUSSA.' It is also:

"the terrifying story of an almost unbelievable man-made hell--the Soviet work cam
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Horace Derwent
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
that day, some people drink their first beer or have their first kiss kissed

that day, some people wreck their car on some road and some of them tear it all to pieces

that day, people lose cherry or goes banana

that day, some people find jesus sitting on their bedroom wall and whispering to them "it's alright, kiddo"

that day, some junkies swallow their pain and a bullet down together into their throat, meanwhile, some human flesh stuffed wolves feel joy under the warm bright sunlight with their nak
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Diane
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons." -- Fyodor Dostoevsky

This book was a good way to take my mind off of my own problems. Reading about the grueling conditions of a Soviet gulag made my daily worries seem trivial.

The novel is set in Stalin's Russia of the 1950s and follows the prisoner Shukhov from the moment he wakes up at 5 a.m. to when he finally goes to bed after laboring all day. Shukhov was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor, even though he was
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Lyn
May 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Totalitarian communism could produce some harsh results.

Such is the succinct message sent by Soviet writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in his 1962 publication One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. First published in the Soviet journal Novy Mir, and then later translated into many, many languages including English, Solzhenitsyn uses severe realism to describe conditions in a Soviet political prisoner camp.

Literally telling a twenty-four hour period in the life of the camp, we follow various characte
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Sidharth Vardhan
"“Can a man who's warm understand one who's freezing?”


What I have to say might spoil the book. And so here are two quotes from two other Nobel laureates, the first describes the book well enough and the second is in case you feel depressed after on condition of humanity after reading it:

Writer " cannot put himself today in the service of those who make history; he is at the service of those who suffer it."
-Albert Camus

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”
― Pab
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Jan-Maat
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn had two huge strokes of luck with One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.

Firstly Khrushchev allowed its publication in the journal Novy Mir. This is something that should make readers cautious. It was the first story published in the Soviet Union set in the Gulag system, it wasn't a a searing indictment of the soviet system it was something that was considered fit for publication in the context of a society which was making tentative steps into de-Stalinisation.

Secondly i
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mai ahmd
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يذكرك هذا الكتاب بأن أرواح الشر لا تتجسد إلا في شكل بشري !

أتسائل هل فعلا أحداث الرواية جرت في يوم واحد .. كان يوما طويلا جدا على إيفان بلاشك .. احسب إننا كقراء شعرنا به وكأنه دهرا لما في اليوم من أعباء رهيبة على السجين أن يحتملها فمابالك بمن عاشها فعلا ولفترة طويلة من الوقت !

الرواية ملحمة الحياة اليومية القاسية التي أعدتها روسيا لمعارضيها في معسكرات العمل في سيبيريا تتقاطع مع يوميات دستوفسكي ذكريات في بيت الموتى لكنها تختلف كلية في طريقة السرد وتبتعد عن الدخول في سريرة السجناء والسجانين ونفسياته
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Iman Vaezi
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
روز ایوان شوخوف دنیسویچ راس ساعت 5 با صدای زنگ بیدارباش شروع میشود و او به همراه بقیه زندانیان، قدمرو به درون سرمای گزنده میروند، لخت و وارسی میشوند که مبادا چیزی ممنوع داشته باشند و به سمت کار تا غروب آفتاب روانه میشوند؛ بدون استراحت، بدون شکمی سیر. در این کتاب لاغر 180 صفحهای، زندگی روتین فرساینده شوخوف را دنبال میکنیم و میبینیم که چطور برای حفظ شرف خود، حتی در مقیاسی کوچک و ظریف، تقلا میکند.

سال 1945، در هنگامه جنگ سرد، الکساندر سولژنیتسین به دلیل نوشتن نظری انتقادی در مورد استالین (در نامهای
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Sara
The real significance of this novel lies in its exposure of the political system that fostered and supported the gulags of Soviet Russia. The writing is stark and matter-of-fact, just like the life of the gulag. It is weighty and yet there is no despair in the character of Shukhov. He brims with hope and appreciation. He is grateful when the weather is warm enough that the mortar doesn’t freeze. “It is a good day for bricklaying” he says.

What offence lands a man in such a prison? Very small inf
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Mahdi Lotfi
یک روز از زندگی ایوان دنیسویچ رمانی است از الکساندر سولژنیتسین که نخستین بار در نوامبر ۱۹۶۲ در مجله ادبی «نوی میر (دنیای نو)» در شوروی سابق منتشر شد. کتاب دربارهٔ اردوگاههای کار اجباری در دهه ۵۰ میلادی در شوروی سابق است و زندگی یک روز یک زندانی معمولی با نام «ایوان دنیسویچ شوخوف» را توصیف میکند. انتشار کتاب رویدادی نامعمول در تاریخ ادبیات شوروی بود چرا که پیش از آن هیچ کتابی دربارهٔ سرکوبیهای دوران استالین این چنین منتشر نشده بود. سردبیر مجله نوی میر مقدمه کوتاهی با نام «به جای پینوشت» نوشت تا خ ...more
Adina
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short, classics, russian, 1001
Who needs air conditioning when there is this book? I could feel the chill of the Siberian winter even if at home I am struggling with 38 degrees celsius.
Paul Bryant
Oct 09, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
this was like the last couple of holidays i have been forced to go on with my family. they make you do all this crap and then they make you pretend you are having a good time doing it as if just doing it is not enough for them you have to keep saying you are having a good time and grinning like a babboon. so i could see where the guy in this book was coming from. but that didnt make it suck less. they made me go in a zoo which is gross the animals are not really like on tv and some of them resen ...more
فهد الفهد
يوم في حياة إيفان دينيسوفيتش

هذا أحد الكتب الرهيبة، ربما لا يفوقه رهبة إلا كتاب المؤلف الآخر (أرخبيل الغولاغ)، وكلا الكتابين يتناولان تجربة الاعتقال الرهيبة في الاتحاد السوفييتي، تلك المعتقلات التي لا يعود منها أحد، والتي ابتلعت ملايين الناس خلال تلكم السنوات المؤلمة.

الفارق ما بين الكتابين هو أن هذا الكتاب عبارة عن رواية تصور يوماً واحداً من أيام إيفان دينيسوفيتش شوخوف، أحد هؤلاء المنكوبين الذين قادهم حظهم العاثر إلى الغولاغ، كيف سيكون هذا اليوم الغولاغي، هذا ما سنعود له لاحقاً، الكتاب الثاني خ
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Nandakishore Varma
Shukhov looked up at the sky and gasped - the sun had climbed almost to the dinner hour. Wonder of wonders! How time flew when you were working! That was something he'd often noticed. The days rolled by in the camp - they were over before you could say "knife." But the years, they never rolled by; they never moved by a second.

This is the reality of prison-camp life: the days, colourless, marked only by toil and the struggle to survive, pass on in a jiffy; but there is no termination to the end
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Steven Godin
Solzhenitsyn, a 44-year-old mathematics teacher in the old Russian town of Ryazan who spent eight years in Stalinís concentration camps writes his first literary work, and what a memorable one it turns out to be. It's the simple story of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, and there is hardly a detail in Solzhenitsyn's story which, in itself is new. The cruelty, the falseness of the charges, the animal fight for survival, the debasement, the cynical grafting, the brutalizing, the sentences s ...more
Eric
Sep 27, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like Russian Literature.
Shelves: modern
I hadn't noticed how much this book had affected me until I sat down to dinner. Bear with me. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch is a fascinating story in light of its historical context. While reading the book I had a hard time reminding myself that this story didn't take place in some nineteenth century prison, but in the nineteen fifties. The life that these men live is hard, grueling, and for that Ivan describes his day as a good one. One in three thousand six hundred and fifty three da ...more
Riku Sayuj
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Single Quote Review:

Macbeth’s self-justifications were feeble—and his conscience devoured him. Yes, even Iago was a little lamb too. The imagination and the spiritual strength of Shakespeare’s evildoers stopped short at a dozen corpses. Because they had no ideology.
Evripidis Gousiaris
Δύσκολα θα αποδεχτείς ότι το βιβλίο αυτό περιγράφει μόνο μια μέρα από την ζωή στα σταλινικά γκουλάγκ!

Και τρομακτικό το γεγονός ότι χαρακτηρίζεται από τον ίδιο τον κρατούμενο  ως "μια σχεδόν ευτυχισμένη ημέρα".

Ανησυχώ για αυτά που θα συναντήσω στο Αρχιπέλαγος Γκουλάγκ...
Edward
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--One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Rebecca McNutt
More assigned reading for my Soviet Russia class. Initially I found it incredibly dry and difficult to get into, but the further it went, the better and much more compelling it became. Solzhenitsyn drags readers right into the struggles and frustrations of its main character, something few writers can do so realistically, and I found that as the book went on, Ivan really began to feel like a real human being, not only a fictional construct.

Tackling heavy themes, Solzhenitsyn is able to write ab
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Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (Russian: Александр Исаевич Солженицын) 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 L
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