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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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In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath, bitter calm, savage irony, and sheer comedy, it combines history, autobiography, documentary, and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917.

This volume involves us in the innocent victim's arrest and preliminary detention and the stages by which he is transferred across the breadth of the Soviet Union to his ultimate destination: the hard-labor camp.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tommy Powell | 12/27/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Robert Allen | 10/21/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Anna Nicolaou | 10/16/2013

    " Shocking but true and did Mr. Aleksandr pay a price for writing this book. Historically a lot of us are left in the dark. It takes a lot of courage like this to tell the truth and tell people to stop denying facts. A very sad but true novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David | 4/8/2013

    " 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.