Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn’s startling book led, almost 30 years later, to Glasnost, Perestroika, and the "Fall of the Wall". One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich brilliantly portrays a single day, any day, in the life of a single Russian soldier who was captured by the Germans in 1945 and who managed to escape a few days later. Along with millions of others, this soldier was charged with some sort of political crime, and since it was easier to confess than deny it and die, Ivan Denisovich "confessed" to "high treason" and received a sentence of 10 years in a Siberian labor camp.<[>In 1962, the Soviet literary magazine Novy Mir published a short novel by an unknown writer named Solzhenitsyn. Within 24 hours, all 95,000 copies of the magazine containing this story were sold out. Within a week, Solzhenitsyn was no longer an obscure math teacher, but an international celebrity. Publication of the book split the Communist hierarchy, and it was Premier Khrushchev himself who read the book and personally allowed its publication.
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A masterful tale of Stalinist Russia, told in a very convincing tone. The tale itself is brilliant, concisely conveying the horrors of camp life in a Soviet political prison. The narrator makes a few pronunciation mistakes, but is generally very faithful to the spirit of the story and its dozen or so characters.
I loved this story theres a fellow in this book hes the leader and the end of the book explains the hardship and forlornish of free time in the harshist of conditions and feel veey fortunate we dont have during our grandfather's times and locations. i guess in some books it can really tell you man can get use to anything. hghly recommend listening to All Quiet on the Western Front if u love Frank Muller to me thats his Masterpiece. The Masterpiece!
"One Day..." is an arresting, evocative portrayal of social interaction necessitated by the disgraceful dehumanized conditions of the Stalinist era Gulags. The story, its characters, and the narration are thoroughly engaging.
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