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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.

©1963 E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc. (P)1982 Recorded Books

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Classic And Compelling

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.

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A MAN WHO IS WARM CAN NOT UNDERSTAND,

A MAN WHO IS FREEZING
This should be required reading in high school. I am pretty sure it is in some college courses. While it is fairly short, it does start to wane, half way through. I know it is sacrilege not to love this classic, but that is the type of ahole I am. Read it for the knowledge, just don't expect to love it.

Muller was one of the best

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Life in a Stalinist Gulag

"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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emotional, gritty, and Powerful

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!

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Hard times

A quick story showing the manaughteny of prison life in Siberia. Time takes forever to come and it often stays too long.

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A must read

A book that is a must read. A day in the special labor camps of the socialist gulags. Powerful recount of what went on in the lives of millions of people.

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Powerful for its understatement

Solzhenitsyn captures the life of the Russian Soviet Gulag without belaboring its worst elements. Having read this book many years ago I was delighted to find that Frank Muller narrated this audio version. The reading is excellent and the story thought-provoking. We need to continually remember what happened in these totalitarian regimes - and what is happening today wherever government takes too much control whether socialism, communism, or some other form of power. Otherwise we risk the aggressive reemergence of this evil.

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Excellent narration of a haunting tale

It turns out that &quot;Ivan Denisovich&quot; makes a great audiobook! The text itself is short and to the point. And the translation does a great job turning the Russian into plain, conversational English.

Frank Muller is excellent, really embodying the mood and tone of Gulag life.

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A Classic! Still a great read after 30 years!

Still a great read after reading it the first time 30 years ago. A study of the adverse.

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Revealing truth of communism and punishment

kiss it's a great story but a tragic story at the same time. Reveals some significant Ruth of what happens under a communist regime. it serves as a stark warning for those of us in a capitalistic economy ruled through a republic.

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