Kolyma Tales

Kolyma Tales

Book - 1980 | 1st ed.
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It is estimated that some three million people died in the Soviet forced-labour camps of Kolyma, in the north-eastern area of Siberia. Shalamov himself spent seventeen years there, and in these stories he vividly captures the lives of ordinary people caught up in terrible circumstances, their hopes and plans extending no further than a few hours.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, c1980.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393013245
Branch Call Number: SHALA
Characteristics: 222 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jul 14, 2016

Heartrending collection of everyday stories in the Siberian Gulag, in the Russian prison culture and life, if you call it life, from the 1930-s until the mid 1950-s. The survival techniques, the rule of common criminals over "political prisoners", the loss of dignity of many for survival, the emptying of mind of others.
The stories kept me reading one after the other. Painfully beatiful, great translation. It is a wonder to have survived the Gulag that was really a death sentence. Should be a lesson for today. Is it though?

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