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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (887 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This second volume in Solzhenitsyn's narrative chronicles the appalling inhumanity of the Soviets' Destructive-Labor Camps and the fate of prisoners in them - felling timber, building canals and railroads, and mining gold without equipment or adequate food or clothing, and subject always to the caprices of the camp authorities. Most tragic of all is the life of the women prisoners and the luckless children they bear.

Once again, this chronicle of appalling inhumanity is made endurable by the vitality and emotional range of the writing. In one truly remarkable chapter, a parody of an anthropological treatise, Solzhenitsyn achieves new heights of sardonic wit. And in the final section, the music changes and he provides a magnificent coda on the possibilities of redemption and purification through suffering.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Troydooley | 1/17/2014

    " An epic read! I found his use of multiple genres to make a point and bring clarity equally incredible as others such as Primo Levi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tommy Powell | 11/17/2013

    " I'm not sure how good the abridgement is... but the story is stark and gripping; what a different world from the one I know. This book has really enticed me to learn more about Russian history. "

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    " Been waiting a long time to start this book. Haunting and beautiful so far "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David | 8/3/2012

    " This isn't a particularly fun read, but it's an immensely important manuscript in the context of 20th century history. I would recommend doing some historical research before diving into it. "

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About the Author

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn (1918–2008) was born in Kislovodsk, Russia. A twice-decorated captain in the Soviet Army, he was stripped of his rank, arrested, and convicted for privately criticizing Stalin in 1945. Exiled from the USSR in 1974, he eventually settled in the United States before returning to his homeland twenty years later after the Soviet system had collapsed. Among his acclaimed works are the novels One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and The First Circle. His literary awards include the Nobel Prize for Literature and the Medal of Honor for Literature.