The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, books I-II (The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 #1-2)

by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Thomas P. Whitney, H.T. Willetts

The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn’s attempt to compile a literary-historical record of the vast system of prisons and labor camps that came into being shortly after the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917 and that underwent an enormous expansion during the rule of Stalin from 1924 to1953.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 672 pages
  • Average Rating: 4.23 out of 5
  • Published January 30th 1997 by Basic Books
  • Original Title: Архипелаг ГУЛАГ
  • ISBN: 0813332893 (ISBN13: 9780813332895)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Series: The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956 #1-2
  • Архипелаг ГУЛАГ #1-2

The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyn’s attempt to compile a literary-historical record of the vast system of prisons and labor camps that came into being shortly after the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917 and that underwent an enormous expansion during the rule of Stalin from 1924 to 1953. Various sections of the three volumes describe the arrest, interrogation, conviction, transportation, and imprisonment of the Gulag’s victims by Soviet authorities over four decades. The work mingles historical exposition and Solzhenitsyn’s own autobiographical accounts with the voluminous personal testimony of other inmates that he collected and committed to memory during his imprisonment.Upon publication of the first volume of The Gulag Archipelago, Solzhenitsyn was immediately attacked in the Soviet press. Despite the intense interest in his fate that was shown in the West, he was arrested and charged with treason on February 12, 1974, and was exiled from the Soviet Union the following day.