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The Gulag Archipelago Paperback – 3 January 2003

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HARVILL/SECKER; 1 edition (3 January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843430851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843430858
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.8 out of 5 stars422 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To live now and not to know this work is to be a kind of historical fool missing a crucial part of the consciousness of the age -- W.L. Webb, Guardian

The ferocious testimony of a man of genius -- Stephen Spender, London Magazine

What gives the book its value is the sound it gives out; the harsh roar give out by a wise and experienced animal as a warning that the herd is in danger -- Rebecca West, Sunday Telegraph

He is one of the towering figures of the age as a writer, as moralist, as hero... in The Gulag Archipelago he has acheived the impossible -- Edward Crankshaw, Observer

About the Author

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born in 1918 and grew up in Rostov-on-Don. He graduated in Physics and Mathematics from Rostov University and studied Literature by correspondence course at Moscow University. In World War II he fought as an artillery officer, attaining the rank of captain. In 1945, however, after making derogatory remarks about Stalin in a letter, he was arrested and summarily sentenced to eight years in forced labour camps, followed by internal exile. In 1957 he formally rehabilitated, and settled down to teaching and writing, in Ryazan and Moscow. The publication of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in Novy Mir in 1962 was followed by publication, in the West, of his novels Cancer Ward and The First Circle. In 1970 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and in 1974 his citizenship was revoked and he was expelled from the Soviet Union. He settled in Vermont and worked on his great historical cycle The Red Wheel. In 1990, with the fall of Soviet Communism, his citizenship was restored and four years later he returned to settle in Russia. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn died in August 2008.

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