Book club Feb - A. Solzhenitsyn: The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-56
Our Feb book club is likely to take place on zoom. We'll see how the situation is prior to the session.
We will be reading "The Gulag Archipelago" by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (authorised and abridged version). It's a long one so you might want to use the holidays to get started.
There seem to be numerous versions and I can't judge how they differ. Some have in the title "An Experiment in Literary Investigation". We're looking at one with 7 parts.
"Drawing on his own incarceration and exile, as well as on evidence from more than Protected content prisoners and Soviet archives, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn reveals the entire apparatus of Soviet repression—the state within the state that ruled all-powerfully. Through truly Shakespearean portraits of its victims—men, women, and children—we encounter secret police operations, labor camps and prisons; the uprooting or extermination of whole populations, the welcome that awaited Russian soldiers who had been German prisoners of war. Yet we also witness the astounding moral courage of the incorruptible, who, defenseless, endured great brutality and degradation. The Gulag Archipelago Protected content grisly indictment of a regime, fashioned here into a veritable literary miracle—has now been updated with a new introduction that includes the fall of the Soviet Union and Solzhenitsyn's move back to Russia."
Good reading, everyone!
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