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The astonishing follow-up to 2018's Kolyma Stories.

In 1936, Varlam Shalamov, a journalist and writer, was arrested for counterrevolutionary activities and sent to the Soviet Gulag. He survived fifteen years in the prison camps and returned from the Far North to write one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century literature, an epic array of short fictional tales reflecting
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Paperback, 576 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by The New York Review of Books, Inc
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The two volumes of Varlam Shalamov's Kolyma Stories published by NYRB represent one of the most important pieces of world literature I've ever had the fortune to lay my hands on. This is the real Gulag Archipelago and Shalamov is its true author, as Solzhenitsyn himself acknowledged. These two volumes are to twentieth century Russian literature what War and Peace was to the nineteenth. If you are even remotely interested in Russian history or the testimony of survivors of a brutal Stalinist ...more
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Introduction, by Alissa Valles

Book Four: Sketches of the Criminal World
--What Fiction Writers Get Wrong
--Crooks by Blood
--A Woman from the Criminal World
--The Prison Bread Ration
--The War of the "Bitches"
--Apollo Among the Criminals
--Sergei Yesenin and the World of Thieves
--How "Novels" are "Printed"

Book Five: The Resurrection of the Larch
--The Path
--Graphite
--Hell's Dock
--Silence
--Two Encounters
--Grishka Logun's Thermometer
--A Roundup
--Brave Eyes
--Marcel Proust
--The Faded Photograph
--The Boss
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Varlam Tikhonovich Shalamov (Russian: Варлам Тихонович Шаламов; June 18, 1907January 17, 1982), baptized as Varlaam, was a Russian writer, journalist, poet and Gulag survivor.

Alternate spellings of his name:
Chalamov, Varlam
Szałamov, Warłam
Schalamow, Warlam
Shalamov, V. T.
Шаламов, Варлам Тихонович
שלאמוב , ורלאם
Sjalamov, Varlam
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