ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYN, H.T. WILLETTS, H. T. WILLETTS
Title: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux December 1991
0374521956 / 9780374521950
Seller ID: 20070607106882
Before the publication of this story in the Soviet magazine Novy Mir
in 1962, the subject of the prison camps in the Soviet Union was not only taboo, but also suicidal to mention in print. This book was the only one of all of Solzhenitsyn's books that was allowed to be published in his own country. Ivan Denisovich is a prisoner of the Gulag and the day described is a typical one -- from the hammer pounding out reveille on a rail outside the camp to bedcheck at night. While the story serves as an indictment of the Soviet prisons, it is also a universal tale of the human dignity that transcends inhumane circumstances.
An Eighth Day View:
The only English translation authorized by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
First published in the Soviet journal "Novy Mir" in 1962, "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" stands as a classic of contemporary literature. The story of labor-camp inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov, it graphically describes his struggle to maintain his dignity in the face of communist oppression. An unforgettable portrait of the entire world of Stalin's forced work camps, "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" is one of the most extraordinary literary documents to have emerged from the Soviet Union and confirms Solzhenitsyn's stature as "a literary genius whose talent matches that of Dosotevsky, Turgenev, Tolstoy"--Harrison Salisbury
This unexpurgated 1991 translation by H. T. Willetts is the only authorized edition available and fully captures the power and beauty of the original Russian.