One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Translated by H. T. Willetts
Read by Richard Brown

5.08 Hours 05/01/1992 unabridged
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One of the most extraordinary literary documents to have emerged from the Soviet Union, this is the story of labor camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov and his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of Communist oppression. Based on the author’s own experience in the gulags, where he spent nearly a decade as punishment for making derogatory remarks against Stalin, the novel is an unforgettable portrait of the entire world of Stalin’s forced work camps. An instant classic upon publication in 1962, it confirmed Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s international stature as “a literary genius whose talent matches that of Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy” (Harrison Salisbury). 

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Summary

Summary

One of the most extraordinary literary documents to have emerged from the Soviet Union, this is the story of labor camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov and his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of Communist oppression. Based on the author’s own experience in the gulags, where he spent nearly a decade as punishment for making derogatory remarks against Stalin, the novel is an unforgettable portrait of the entire world of Stalin’s forced work camps. An instant classic upon publication in 1962, it confirmed Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s international stature as “a literary genius whose talent matches that of Dostoevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy” (Harrison Salisbury). 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Remarkable…Solzhenitsyn has written no mere propagandistic exposé. He has created a small, almost flawless classic employing the eloquence of reticence.”  New York Times Book Review
“It is a blow struck for human freedom all over the world…and it is gloriously readable.” Sunday Times (London)
“An important book perhaps the most important that has come out of Russia in many years.”  New York Review of Books
“Richard Brown’s razor-sharp narration perfectly suits this fine translation.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 5.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English