Volume 2 of the gripping epic masterpiece, The story of Solzhenitsyn's entrance into the Soviet prison camps, where he would remain for Nearly a decade
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"Its importance can hardly be exaggerated," said Doris Lessing. "It helped to bring down an empire." For those who doubt that literature can change the world, here is evidence to the contrary. Solzhenitsyn's scorching, brilliant, part-autobiographical expose of the dreary oppressiveness and institutionalised cruelty of the Soviet regime, really did contribute to the final collapse of the Union in 1989. It also exposed how, if Hitler had the deaths of well over 6 million on his hands, the figure for Stalin might be nearer 60 million. This is not only history-in-the-making, but also an absolutely compulsive read (especially in this 400-page version abridged from the 1800 pages of the three-volume original.) From the breathtaking opening page, when Solzhenitsyn depicts starving prisoners of the Kolyma gulags, discovering a deep-frozen, prehistoric salamander in an icy stream and devouring it on the spot, "with relish," he holds you rapt, like the Ancient Mariner, with his "skinny hand" and "glittering eye." You have no choice but to listen to him, especially when he derides those who say "It would not happen here". "Alas," he says, "all the evil of the 20th century is possible everywhere on earth." One of the very few undeniable books of the century. --Christopher HartReview:
"Best Nonfiction Book of the Twentieth Century" -- Time magazine
"Best Nonfiction Book of the Twentieth Century"--Time magazine
Best Nonfiction Book of the Twentieth Century --Time magazine"
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Book Description Collins/Fontana. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0006337872I5N00
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 01/02/1976, 1976. Book Condition: Good. Will be shipped promptly from UK warehouse. Book is in good condition with no missing pages, no damage or soiling and tight spine. There may be some dog-eared pages showing previous use but overall a great book. Bookseller Inventory # 9053-9780006337874
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001977540
Book Description Collins / Fontana, 1976. Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Creasing along spine, some wear and soil to cover, foxing on inside of covers ; Vol. 2; 6.85 X 4.25 X 1.57 inches; 696 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 100393
Book Description Collins / Fontana, 1976. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Thus. Complete account of the Russian concentration camp system. 695pp with index, illustrated with 41 black and white photographs. Edges sunned, creasing to spine and minor creasing to corners, otherwise very good copy with no inscriptions. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007983
Book Description Collins/Fontana, 1976. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # P020006337872