Partice J Confer
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- A History
- By: Anne Applebaum
- Narrated by: Laural Merlington
- Length: 27 hrs and 41 mins
The Gulag - a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held millions of political and criminal prisoners - was a system of repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society, embodying the worst tendencies of Soviet communism. In this magisterial and acclaimed history, Anne Applebaum offers the first fully documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins in the Russian Revolution, through its expansion under Stalin, to its collapse in the era of glasnost.
Nice compliment to Solzhenitsyn
- By Thucydides on 08-03-17
Reader struggles with russian words
This book does an excellent job of both emotionally and quantitatively exploring the GULAG system and various related trends throughout Soviet history. I highly recommend consuming this book in some form.
However, the narrator has A LOT of trouble with russian words and names. Im a russian speaking student of russian history; I can recognize the names she was trying to say and it was just annoying rather than confusing. Im worried, though, that people new to russian history will be confused by the inconsisted pronunciation of certain names and think, for example, that BerIa and BEria are different people. Or YEzhov and YezhOV (both the stress and nature of the o change in these). Yagoda is occasionally "Yogada." So while some mispronunciations are consistent and should only be a problem if you want to spell the name later (ex. "Derzherzhinsky" for Dzerzhinsky and "Vladvivostok" for Vladivostok), some will vary wildly and could be an issue.
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