One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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The only English translation authorized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

First published in the Soviet journal Novy Mir in 1962, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich stands as a classic of contemporary literature. The story of labor-camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, it graphically describes his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of communist oppression. An unforgettable portrait of the entire world of Stalin's forced work camps, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is one of the most extraordinary literary documents to have emerged from the Soviet Union and confirms Solzhenitsyn's stature as "a literary genius whose talent matches that of Dosotevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy"--Harrison Salisbury

This unexpurgated 1991 translation by H. T. Willetts is the only authorized edition available and fully captures the power and beauty of the original Russian.

 

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Author and historian Aleksandr Isayevick Solzhenitsyn, considered by many to be the preeminent Russian writer of the second half of the 20th century, was born on December 11, 1918 in Kislovodsk in the northern Caucusus Mountains. In 1941, he graduated from Rostov University with a degree in physics and math. He also took correspondence courses at Moscow State University. Solzhenitsyn served in the Russian army during World War II but was arrested in 1945 for writing a letter criticizing Stalin. He spent the next decade in prisons and labor camps and, later, exile, before being allowed to return to central Russia, where he taught and wrote. In 1970, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 1974, he was arrested for treason and exiled following the publication of The Gulag Archipelago. He moved to Switzerland and later the U. S. where he continued to write fiction and history. When the Soviet Union collapsed, he returned to his homeland. He died due to a heart ailment on August 3, 2008.
 
Published March 16, 2005 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences, History, Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Fiction

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Yegorovich is beset, but an oblivious moment at the club at day's end works the salvation of the collective -- when he rises next morning, a Sunday, he finds everyone heartily at work -- it seems he has promised them thirty per cent, while under the influence.

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While a few weeks ago it seemed as if Praeger would have a two month lead over Dutton in their presentation of this Soviet best seller, both the "authorized" edition (Dutton's) and the "unauthorized" (Praeger's) will appear almost simultaneously.

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Willetts, and the book notes that this is “The only English translation authorized by Solzhenitsyn.” Whether this is really true or just for marketing purposes is no matter, because the writing is rich and rife with observation, albeit not to the degree as in The Gulag Archipelago, which is prima...

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In many ways, these individualisms offer a personal advantage as far as gaining readers’ empathy, though One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich lacks some of the more intense, philosophical and brilliant depictions that are present in The Gulag Archipelago.

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- Descriptions of camp politics - Political involvement - The history of these camps You Will Find: - What it was to live as a prisoner of a camp in one 24-hour period.

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