One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich : Library Edition (CompactDisc)

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Publisher Blackstone Audio Inc
Mfg Part# 9781441741578
SKU 216022961
Format CD
ISBN10 1441741577
Release Date 11/20/2010
Dimensions (in Inches) 6.25H x 6.5L x 1.25T
Author Info
Aleksandr Isaevich Solzhenitsyn
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born in the northern Caucasus Mountains between the Black and Caspian seas. He was raised by his mother after his father died in an hunting accident six months before Aleksandr's birth. Though he had literary aspirations from a young age, Solzhenitsyn studied mathematics at the University of Rostov because it was more economically feasible. As an artillery captain in World War II, Solzhenitsyn saw heavy action and was twice decorated, however in 1945 after the war he was sentenced to 8 years in prison for a using a denigrating term for Stalin in a private letter (he allegedly referred to him as "Old Whiskers). After serving his sentence in two prisons (one for mathematicians and scientists and one for political prisoners) Solzhenitsyn was exiled for life to Kazakhstan. During this time, he managed to write poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in secret, though it was extremely dangerous for him to even show his work to other prisoners. In 1961, during the reign of Nikita Khrushchev and the political "thaw" Solzhenitsyn published his novel ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH. The book, the first account of life in the prison camps, made Solzhenitsyn a literary celebrity both in his homeland and in The West. In 1970 he won the Nobel Prize in Literature, and in 1974 was exiled from The Soviet Union for treason. His magnum opus, THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO, provided an extensive overview of Soviet prison camp system, and led to his exile from the Soviet Union. He lived first in Switzerland and then in Vermont, where he often spoke out against the vulgarity and moral weakness of the Western world. After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1994, Solzhenitsyn returned to Russia. Upon his death in 2008, Mikhail Gorbachev called him "a man with a unique life story whose name will endure throughout the history of Russia."
"This quiet tale has struck a powerful blow against the return of the horrors of the Stalin system. For Solzhenitsyn's words burn like acid."
From the Publisher
Annotation When Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH was published in the Russian literary magazine Novy Mir it was a monumental historical and literary event. The first sanctioned piece of writing out of the Soviet Union to directly address the horrors of the Stalinist regime and the brutal nature of the Soviet labor camps, the novella had revealed the secret nightmare of the Communist system to the entire world. Solzhenitsyn's slim book, drawn from his own experiences in what he would later call "the gulag archipelago," recounts a typical day in the life of a prisoner as he struggles to stay warm, stay healthy, find food, avoid theft, and maintain his humanity in the sub-zero Siberian wasteland. The novella's unflinching look at the oppressive and absurd rules of the camps is simultaneously vivid and surreal. More than a historical document, ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH is a great work of literature that depicts a vision of man-made hell, a place where humanity has been pushed to the breaking point by the iron fist of The State.
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Book Format Audio Cassette - Unabridged / Audio CD - Unabridged
Publisher Blackstone Audiobooks
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