Gulag: A History Of The Soviet Camps
- Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 29 April 2004
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closely-typed pages detailing injustices and misery decade after decade.She, and Eddie Izzard, have wondered why Stalin/Soviet memorabilia isnt reviled the way Nazi symbols are. This book is full of horrendous detail of ideology gone mad.5 stars but not an easy read...
I have read a fair amount of material on Stalinism and the camps, including all three volumes of Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago, but this is particularly useful in being one of the very few post-Soviet works on this subject I have read. Of neccessity very harrowing at times, it is also comprehensive in its coverage from a variety of different angles. I find some of the other comments posted here a bit baffling - she doesn't ignore WWII or the Tsarist prison system, though obviously they are not covered fully, as that is not the purpose of this book.
A nice complement to the work of Solzhenitsyn, who is arguably the angriest man on the planet. Having spent decades in the Gulag, he writes 'The grass grows green over the grave of my youth.' Both authors should be read to get a comprehensive view of this atrocity. Applebaum supplies many details about the operation of the system that were not available to Solzhenitsyn when he wrote his work, drawing on more recent sources.
an incredible and detailed account of only one of the many tragedies endured by the soviet people in the 20th century. this book is not merely a description of the system, but a portal to further exploration of the unimaginable horrors. it introduced me to the beautiful and tragic writings of varlam shalamov and evgenia ginzburg.
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