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Archipelag GULag 1918-1956

A vast canvas of camps, prisons, transit centres and secret police, of informers and spies and interrogators but also of everyday heroism, The Gulag Archipelago is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's grand masterwork. Based on the testimony of some survivors, and on the recollection of Solzhenitsyn's own eleven years in labour camps and exile, it chronicles the story of those at the heart of the Soviet Union who opposed Stalin, and for whom the key to survival lay not in hope but in despair. A thoroughly researched document and a feat of literary and imaginative power, this edition of The Gulag Archipelago was abridged into one volume at the author's wish and with his full co-operation. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born in and grew up in Rostov-on-Don.


The Gulag Archipelago

It was first published in , followed by an English translation the following year. It covers life in what is often known as the Gulag , the Communist Soviet forced labour camp system, through a narrative constructed from various sources including reports, interviews, statements, diaries, legal documents, and Solzhenitsyn's own experience as a Gulag prisoner. Following its publication, the book initially circulated in samizdat underground publication in the Soviet Union until its appearance in the literary journal Novy Mir in , in which a third of the work was published in three issues. An abridged fiftieth anniversary edition was released on 1 November with a new foreword by Jordan Peterson. Structurally, the text comprises seven sections divided in most printed editions into three volumes: parts 1—2, parts 3—4, and parts 5—7. At one level, the Gulag Archipelago traces the history of the system of forced labor camps that existed in the Soviet Union from to

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