A Very Good copy of the first (Kniga) permitted Russian edition of Nobelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn's magnum opus The Gulag Archipelago, first published in Russia in 1990, SIGNED BY ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN ON THE FIRST VOLUME'S TITLE PAGE AS FOLLOWS "ALEKSANDR SEGEEVICH TIKHOMIROV / A. SOLZHENITSYN." An outspoken critic of the Soviet Union's totalitarian government, Solzhenitsyn was allowed to publish (in an edited form) "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" (1962) and was thereafter banned from publishing his work in his homeland. Solzhenitsyn wrote The Gulag Archipelago between 1958 and 1968 based upon his own experience as a prisoner in a gulag labor camp as well as on eyewitness testimony of others and on his own research. [Gulag is an acronym for Glavnoye Upravleniye ispravitelno-trudovyh Lagerey, or "Chief Administration of Corrective Labour Camps".] The work was smuggled out of Russia and was first published in Paris in 1973. It also circulated in the Soviet Union in an underground publication -- published by hand and passed from reader to reader to avoid Soviet censorship. Solzhenitsyn won the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the ethical force with which he has pursued the indispensable traditions of Russian literature". Solzhenitsyn did not attend the Award Ceremony for fear that he would not be allowed to return home from Sweden. His speech was smuggled out of the Soviet Union and read at the ceremony. Solzhenitsyn was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974 and his citizenship was revoked. Portions of The Gulag Archipelago began to appear in "Novy Mir", a Russian Literary Magazine, in 1989 where approximately one third of the work was published over the course of three issues. Upon the restoration of Solzhenitsyn's Citizenship in 1990, the entire work was legally published in Solzhenitsyn's homeland for the first time (1990) in these three volumes, with Volume I containing parts 1–2, Volume II containing parts 3–4, and Volume III containing parts 5–7. All three Volumes are in Very Good condition with the third Volume having suffered some water damage to the the page block's bottom which has caused some wrinkling to the lower portion of the pages. The free endpapers and pastedowns have been renewed. A Very Good copy of the first legal publication of Nobelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn's magnum opus, SIGNED BY ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN. EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Gulag Archipelago [First Russian Edition...
Publication Date: 1990
Edition: First Russian Edition.
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