The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Books V-VII

The Gulag Archipelago An Experiment in Literary Investigation Books V VII The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn s attempt to compile a literary historical record of the vast system of prisons and labor camps that came into being shortly after the Bolsheviks seized power in

  • Title: The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Books V-VII
  • Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • ISBN: 9780813332918
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn s attempt to compile a literary historical record of the vast system of prisons and labor camps that came into being shortly after the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917 and that underwent an enormous expansion during the rule of Stalin from 1924 to 1953 Various sections of the three volumes describe the arrest, interrogation,The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn s attempt to compile a literary historical record of the vast system of prisons and labor camps that came into being shortly after the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917 and that underwent an enormous expansion during the rule of Stalin from 1924 to 1953 Various sections of the three volumes describe the arrest, interrogation, conviction, transportation, and imprisonment of the Gulag s victims by Soviet authorities over four decades The work mingles historical exposition and Solzhenitsyn s own autobiographical accounts with the voluminous personal testimony of other inmates that he collected and committed to memory during his imprisonment.Upon publication of the first volume of The Gulag Archipelago, Solzhenitsyn was immediately attacked in the Soviet press Despite the intense interest in his fate that was shown in the West, he was arrested and charged with treason on February 12, 1974, and was exiled from the Soviet Union the following day.

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    1. Pe 31 ianuarie 2016, cînd începeam cu timiditate și oarecare strîngere de inimă lectura masivei opere a lui Alexandr Soljenițîn, Arhipelagul GULAG, știam despre Gulag „doar” că era simbolul cel mai înfricoșător al represiunii staliniste și că desemna un vast teritoriu amenințător, delimitat vag (pentru mine) geografic prin nordul Rusiei, unde se afla cea mai mare închisoare (nu știam atunci că erau de fapt mai multe) pentru deținuții politici din fosta URSS. Citisem dest [...]

    2. GULAG ARCHIPELAGO: READ VOLUME III FIRSTReading Solzhenitsyn's GULAG ARCHIPELAGO can be a tough slog. For all its rewards, GULAG can be disjointed, repetitive and confusing. I found the early history of the Gulag in Volumes I and II to be particularly grim. Volume III, by contrast, contains some of GULAG's richest storytelling, particularly in the chapters that tell of escape, resistance and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of unbearable suffering. My suggestion would be for the ne [...]

    3. What can I say about Gulag Archipelago that has never been told before. Answer: nothing. It requires a big time investment to go through all the three books but it is worth every minute you invest in it.It is easy to read as a text but difficult to read as context.It is a great reminder to what can happen when the system overgrows, morally, the person. When the system does that, humanity fades to extinction. And, if you are first to blame communism for that, I'd have to hyperlink you to (obvious [...]

    4. Si bien creo que este libro debe ser leìdo por todos, y que es un deber moral conocer la historia de todas las vìctias que murieron y sufrieron en los Gulag, debo confesar que por momentos la tarea se hace simplemente desconsoladora, es muy difìcil encontrar un haz de luz en el infierno narrado por Solzhenitsyn. Una oarte que narra la evasión de un par de reos, y su penosa huída sin comida ni agua durante 30 días, cuando tras muchos pesares inimaginables (no se trata de una versiòn de pri [...]

    5. It's really an odd feeling to reach the end of this saga and somehow still crave more. The sheer length of it and the manifold atrocities and injustices detailed make it a pretty difficult read at times. But I can honestly say I've never encountered anything even comparable to these three volumes—in the world of nonfiction at least—in terms of their attention to detail, insight into the best and worst parts of human nature, unrelenting and brutal honesty, pitch dark comic sensibility, and pe [...]

    6. For many reasons, this book almost does not belong beside these others. Even calling it a mere "book" seems almost obscene. It's importance is incalculable, both in its illumination of the shadowy history of Stalin's Soviet Union, as well as in it's uncompromising and manifold description of the frail human condition through hundreds of heart-breaking personal accounts and anecdotes. I have a suspicion this may be the most important book I've ever read. It needs to keep being read in order to sa [...]

    7. This is a famous book that one keeps meaning to read, so one has decided to read it. I bought it on , where the customer reviews are the sort of mouth-frothingly eager ones that make one feel all the more required to read it. Check it out. Charmingly, it comes to me in Zimbabwe as a discarded book from a library in small town Arkansas, complete with index card sleeve.It's not really the sort of book that one can call 'good,' because that seems sort of disrespectful. Quality terms don't really ap [...]

    8. If something has ever deserved to be called momentous, this does. I cannot quite understand how S. can have managed to write such a book. It defies reason, which so many of the lives and occasions he describes do as well. I'm just thinking what would happen if noone would have been able to write about the Soviet camps, what if all this would have been put to non-remembering, it might have happened considering the vasteness of the destruction that the camps represented. Millions of lives would si [...]

    9. The 5 star rating is for the whole work, not just this volume.A truly epic work. The Gulag Archipelago chronicles the Soviet concentration camp system in all its facets. It lays out the history of the camp system: its organization, procedures and methods. It's the story of the perversion of the Soviet judicial system. It compares and contrasts the prisons and camps to the same under the Tsars. It is also a memoir. Like any Russian novel, it also tells the stories of hundreds of people.Before rea [...]

    10. To finish the 3rd and last volume of the Gulag Archipelago is to complete a great human experience. You will leave these 3 volumes with a much more profound, much deeper, more sorrowful, and richer knowledge of human nature. You will see the great depths of monstrosity people reach every day, and also the great heights of love people attain under the most dire circumstances. The books are not comforting; one and the same soul plumbs the depths and climbs the heights. The one thing Solzhenitsyn s [...]

    11. The first half of the final volume of the Gulag Archipelago reads like "The Great Escape." Much of the first section of the book is devoted to chronicling many escape attempts, and attempted escape attempts of those in the labor camps. These are thrilling adventures and are fun and exhilarating to read. There is also an extended portion about a prison camp that scared off the guards for forty days, formed its own government, and functioned apart from the camp administration. All the while the ar [...]

    12. Just read the part of a marvelous escape of two Zeks escape that lasted for 3 weeks3 weeks in which the Zeks lived in relative freedom, but the more time passed the more they felt liked animals being hunted ond it proofed that nobody could be trustedFinally finished the 6 books of GulagIn all it took me five years

    13. Best volume of the 3, perhaps because it's finally over. But the exposition of how after Stalin died, the camps started releasing some victims (to exile, which was, in many cases, worse), showed how really vile Stalin was. Also, because A.S. says the Archipelago will live on forever: whether in symbol or in reality, I think the specter of totalitarian governments to do evil to their people should forever give us pause on how much power governments should have over their people.

    14. The final volume of Solzhenitsyn's massive work brings his study to its conclusion while making it clear that the story of the Gulag was both unfinished and incomplete. As always, it makes for hard reading, not for its language or structure, but for its depiction of human inhumanity.

    15. Put down whatever you’re reading and start immediately with Vol 1 and don’t stop until you’ve finished Vol 3. Quite simply the best and most important book I’ve ever read.

    16. I've finally finished all three volumes of this amazing work. One of the first things I did upon finishing it was to reshelve it with my histories rather than with novels, since it is not a novel in any real sense of the word. It is, instead, a literary experiment, as claimed at the beginning. It is a wonderful and awful piece of writing, filled with ugly details beautifully conveyed. I suffer from migraines and sometimes think I have had all I could take, but reading a book like this makes any [...]

    17. The whole trilogy is a greater saga than the Lord of the Rings series, with eviler evils and more heroic heroes. Solzhenitsyn speaks as Russia's conscience, and more broadly, he speaks for what is being human. The ridicule it lays on top of the regime and The Butcher is insanely funny, and rightfully so. The austere facade of the Vanguard Doctrine and its suite of Leaders and Helmsmen deflated in hysterical manners after these pinpricks. The black on white, bloodthirsty theory of communism has b [...]

    18. Man kan förstås inte bedöma de sista tre delarna av GULAG-arkipelagen utan att samtidigt väga samman hela verket.Inte heller känns det rimligt att göra en bedömning endast utifrån de människoöden som passerar och GULAG-arkipelagens rent konkreta historia.För mig ligger värdet i möjligheten att mellan raderna skymta mig själv, trots att jag aldrig tidigare (och förhoppningsvis inte heller senare) kommer att finna mig i ett dylikt helvete.Värdet ligger i detta, och i Solsjenitsyns [...]

    19. One of the best peices of non-fiction I've ever read.The Gulag is an acronym that refers to a system of Soviet prison camps set up during the Stalinist purges. If you want an idea of how much the Russian people have been through in the 20th century- this book is a must.Tough to get through long and intense. If you want the jist of it, read "One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich". I felt like a Jew reading about the Holocaust- just kind of biased because I could sort of imagine this whole thing [...]

    20. Wanted to read it for a while and this year decided to pick it up as a read for the bus from the parking lot to the university. Worked out great, I read this 1200+ pages book in the school year.There's one part of the book that I found boring - 3 chapter in the 1st tome that talk about laws. The rest was entertaining and easy to read. When Solzhenitsyn goes into his personal stories, he's at his best.There are many things to learn from this book. My favorite is chifir' - very strong tea drink th [...]

    21. Like those films from grade school where you started out in space and zoomed in to focus on the microscopic level, the Gulag Archipelago story arch starts out on the vast, general level and ends up focusing on Solzhenitsyn and those imprisoned with him, making the third volume much more of a story. Here you meet those who escaped, those who revolted, and those who survived cancer. You see the effect of Stalin's death, and the thaws and freezes that followed. Haunting, hefty, and important.

    22. I have always been fascinated by the Soviet Union and their system of repression. Ever since I read Anne Applebaum's book on the Gulag system, I wanted to know more about it and I set out not to read the condensed version of Solzhenitsyn's tale of the Gulag but the full three volumes of it which I eventually did (and which is one of the works I definitly plan on reading again once I am in retirement and have the time on my hands).

    23. Truly worthwhile. A historical record and analysis and a personal story all running in parallel. Provides surprising insights into workings of governments, psychology, human motivations and of course the mind harrowing horrors of Russian 20th century history, showing how a whole society can collapse in on itself.

    24. The language often makes it difficult to read, but I've always been fascinated by Russian history, especially the Revolution and Stalin and the gulags. It was incredibly informative regarding methods of torture and coercion, conditions of prisons, and the lives of those exiled. A fascinating read.

    25. (също много добър превод)Книгата трябва да се прочете. Не е лесно най-вече поради силата на чувствата, които поражда, и не покрива всичките гнусотии, свършени от съветския режим, но прочитането и може да помогне да откриваме техните сенки и при нас из България (които много ху [...]

    26. The historical outline of this book explains a lot of the social and political environment of Europe and Russia. An understanding about how WWII began and the reason why many countries entered into this battle.

    27. Parts I and II are essential reading for understanding the 20th century. Part III begins to fall apart. Supposedly, there's a part IV, but I've neither seen it nor heard a review. Solzhenitsyn went kinda nuts late in life, and I'll likely leave that one be.

    28. By volume three the reader's drive to finish may need to be heroic. Worth it as always, of course, though by this point the most useful comments are those on the broader currents of Russian (and human) behavior.

    29. you know you're in trouble when the third volume of your magnificent octopus is marketed on the cover as "now including inspiring tales of escape! for the first time!" my approach would've been to highlight the awful, rather than emphasize the allegedly heroic.

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