Tag Archives: Gulag Archipelago

Recommended Books: Non-Fiction

I have been meaning to do a Part 2 to my Recommended Books: Fiction list – put together years ago. I wanted to recommend non-fiction, from history books to biographies to essays to whatever. Here is the Non-Fiction list. I’ve … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

It was only when I lay there on rotting prison straw that I sensed within myself the first stirrings of good. Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between … Continue reading

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Happy birthday to Gulag Archipelago

The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 I-II, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, was published on this day in France in 1973. He had won the Nobel Prize in 1970. Arrest followed the publicaiton of Gulag Archipelago, and years of exile … and eventual triumph … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Gulag Archipelago” (Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn)

History bookshelf: Next book on the shelf is The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Solzhenitsyn was imprisoned in Stalin’s gulag – the “gulag archipelago”, from 1945 to 1953. This is his book about how the “gulag” worked, but not just … Continue reading

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Let’s Hear It For Grandiose Nerds

The other day Alex referred to me as a “grandiose nerd”. I think that about sums it up. I will now give you a tiny glimpse of what I did for about an hour this morning: I read Robert Conquest’s … Continue reading

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But let us be generous. We will not shoot them. We will not pour salt water into them, nor bury them in bedbugs, nor bridle them up into a “swan dive,” nor keep them on sleepless “stand-up” for a week, … Continue reading

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