One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Hardback Book
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Foreshadowing his later detailed accounts of the Soviet prison-camp system, Solzhenitsyn's classic portrayal of life in the gulag is all the more powerful for being slighter and more personal than those later monumental volumes.

Continuing the tradition of the great nineteenth-century Russian novelists, especially Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, Solzhenitsyn is fully worthy of them in narrative power and moral authority.

His greatest work.


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Forget that this is "literature" or a Great Russian Novel, and just try to get to know Ivan. Solzhenitsyn catches and ordinary day in the life of prison camp, and his portrayal is both intriguely different from the lives of most people, but also disturrbingly similar. Ivan has a "normal" day, full of petty intrigues concerning food and work, mild hopes, and the great of not entertaining Great Hopes. The writing is not as angry as his portrayal of the Gulag, and the scary part of the novel is the realization that the reader could easily be accomodated to this kind of life.

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Shocking, like a horror movie. It's the punishment of Gulag Archipelago rolled into one punch to the stomach. The images are stark and stay with you for the rest of your life. Read this and take nothing for granted again.

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