by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich tells the story of a prisoner in a Soviet labor camp during the 1950s. Written during the height of the Cold War, its publication would have been eye-opening in America, so it’s even more surprising that it was published openly in Russia. Subsequent to its release, Solzhenitsyn was denounced as anti-Soviet, arrested, and eventually deported from the USSR in 1974.
For the project, I’ll be reading a physical copy of the book, the Signet Classics mass market paperback edition. This version includes Ralph Parker’s 1963 English translation, which came out just a year after the original Russian edition. This book is 139 pages long.
- [Book] One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich on Wikipedia
- [Author] Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Wikipedia
- [Media] One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, a 1970 film adaptation of the book, on IMDB
- [Media] Gulag: Soviet Forced Labor Camps and the Struggle for Freedom, an online exhibit
- [Info] The official website of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, in Russian
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