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The Gulag Archipelago Abridged: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (P.S.) Paperback – Abridged, August 7, 2007
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The official, one-volume edition, authorized by Solzhenitsyn
“BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE 20TH CENTURY” —Time
The Nobel Prize winner’s towering masterpiece of world literature, the searing record of four decades of terror and oppression, in one abridged volume (authorized by the author). Features a new foreword by Anne Applebaum.
“It is impossible to name a book that had a greater effect on the political and moral consciousness of the late twentieth century.” —David Remnick, The New Yorker
Drawing on his own experiences before, during and after his eleven years of incarceration and exile, on evidence provided by more than 200 fellow prisoners, and on Soviet archives, Solzhenitsyn reveals with torrential narrative and dramatic power the entire apparatus of Soviet repression, the state within the state that once ruled all-powerfully with its creation by Lenin in 1918. Through truly Shakespearean portraits of its victims-this man, that woman, that child-we encounter the secret police operations, the labor camps and prisons, the uprooting or extermination of whole populations, the “welcome” that awaited Russian soldiers who had been German prisoners of war. Yet we also witness astounding moral courage, the incorruptibility with which the occasional individual or a few scattered groups, all defenseless, endured brutality and degradation. And Solzhenitsyn’s genius has transmuted this grisly indictment into a literary miracle.
“The greatest and most powerful single indictment of a political regime ever leveled in modern times.” —George F. Kennan
“Solzhenitsyn’s masterpiece. ... The Gulag Archipelago helped create the world we live in today.” —Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag: A History, from the foreword
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“The greatest and most powerful single indictment of a political regime ever leveled in modern times.” -- George F. Kennan
“It is impossible to name a book that had a greater effect on the political and moral consciousness of the late twentieth century.” -- David Remnick, The New Yorker
“Solzhenitsyn’s masterpiece. ... The Gulag Archipelago helped create the world we live in today.” -- Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag: A History, from the foreword
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Solzhenitsyn's gripping epic masterpiece, the searing record of four decades of Soviet terror and oppression, in one abridged volume, authorized by the author
- Publisher : Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Reissue edition (August 7, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061253804
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061253805
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.84 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #73,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I do not regret my purchase at all!!! And it is just too good of a price to pass up. Even if you don't finish it, you will at least get an idea as to what was going on. And honestly, those who don't learn from history, are bound to repeat it. I could see this sort of thing happening again...in one way or another.
Thanks to the great Jordan Peterson for recommending this book!!!
I would add this practical piece of advice: Solzyenitsyn points out that almost all the people hauled away to the Gulag were done so not via forced round-ups of many people at once, but by being picked off by the security forces one by one. In other words, you, the victim, would be stopped in the street, the office, school or in his apartment/flat by one or two men with a car waiting nearby and told, sometimes even politely asked, to "come with us" (remember the scene in Godfather I when Tom Hagen was stopped by "the Turk" while exiting a store after X-Mass shopping and quietly told to "get in the car"?). And you'd go. This method has the virtue of being relatively quiet and hard to notice so that no would be rescuers really noticed the incident and no crowd would ever gather. You went quietly into the night.
So, the advice? Always make a BIG stink if anyone tries to take you away. A crowd will gather or someone will record the incident with a phone, perhaps even intervene. Thats your best hope. Someone has to see and bear witness.
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Não se preocupe com o fato de ser a edição "abridged", estou seguro de que encontrou-se o equilíbrio perfeito entre extensão e conteúdo.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2020
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 27, 2020