The Gulag Archipelago

An Experiment in Literary Investigation The Gulag Archipelago #Volume 3

Paperback, 608 pages

English language

Published Aug. 6, 2007 by Harper Perennial Modern Classics.

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I'm very glad I kept at these volumes back-to-back. Since the subject matter is so difficult and ... unabridged, the momentum was necessary. Of course, Solzhenitsyn has done a fantastic job at keeping the reader motivated to read, not out of duty but of interest in his prosaic style.

This volume, somewhat unlike the first two, is a little milder in its content - since it discusses the death of Stalin and a subsequent relaxation of many decrees. Additionally, we hear of escape attempts, uprisings and those who fight back.

The most shocking (perhaps surprising is a better word) aspect to me was that of the exile life. Seems like those sentences were possibly harder for many than being thrown directly into a labour camp to begin with.

If you managed to get through Vol I&II, then yes - do keep going. As much as one can 'finish' a story …

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  • Prison Systems
  • Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr - Prose & Criticism
  • History
  • History - General History
  • History: World
  • Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
  • History / Russia (pre- & post-Soviet Union)