Kolyma Tales, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


It is estimated that some three million people died in the Soviet forced-labour camps of Kolyma, in the northeastern area of Siberia.

Shalamov himself spent seventeen years there, and in these stories he vividly captures the lives of ordinary people caught up in terrible circumstances, whose hopes and plans extended to further than a few hours.

This new enlarged edition combines two collections previously published in the United States as Kolyma Tales and Graphite.




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Harrowing stories; Solzhenitsyn left Kolyma largely out of The Gulag Archipelago because he felt Shalamov had done the job as well as it could be done.

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A riveting collection of short stories and essays about life in the Gulag in Russia's Far East. More understated than Solzhenitsen's Gulag works and more like Chekov in its ordinary telling of an extraordinary time and life in a "white hell".

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