Kolyma Tales by Varlan Shalanov
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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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Published July 28, 1994 by Penguin. 518 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Solzhenitsyn is reported to have asked Shalamov to co-author The Gulag Archipelago, but Shalamov's health wasn't up to it.

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David Satter recommends "Kolyma Tales," by Varlam Shalamov; "Landmarks," by
Nikolai Berdyaev, et al.; "The Russian Tradition," by Tibor Szamuely; ...

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Watching Obama give his speech Tuesday night marking the end of the primary season and the beginning of the general election campaign, I thought back to a time when brave men and women, both black and white, put their lives on the line to ensure that African-Americans even had the right to vote, ...

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