The simply told story of a typical, grueling day of the titular character's life in a labor camp in Siberia, is a modern classic of Russian literature and quickly cemented Solzhenitsyn's international reputation upon publication in It is painfully apparent that Solzhenitsyn himself spent time in the gulags--he was imprisoned for nearly a decade as punishment for making derogatory statements about Stalin in a letter to a friend. Product Description In the madness of World War II, a dutiful Russian soldier is wrongfully convicted of treason and sentenced to ten years in a Siberian labor camp.
It was a quick and fascinating read but I am almost at a loss of how to capture it or review it. Being a good blogger, however, I will soldier on.
Perhaps a quick summary would be beneficial and possible.
The book, as obvious from the title, relates the day of Ivan Denisovich Shukhov a prisoner in a Soviet slave labor camp. Shukhov has been sentenced to ten years simply because he was captured by the Germans in WW I.
The plot of this short novel is stunningly simple: The reader About Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Soviet and particularly The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich yields more than anything else a beautiful sense of its author as a Chekhovian. Alexander Solzhenitsyn Photograph by Christopher S. Johnson In , the Soviet Union deported dissident writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Litt.D. ’78, author of The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature. It was out of this experience that Solzhenitsyn wrote his first novel, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Exiled to southern Kazakhstan after his imprisonment, Solzhenitsyn took the only job he could find: teaching mathematics and physics at a local school.
He escaped and rejoined the Red Army but was immediately suspected of being a spy. In the story Shukhov has nearly served his entire sentence. The story follows him through his day — from reveille at five AM until he falls asleep that night. What is remarkable about the story is that Shukhov remains relatively upbeat throughout despite being a prisoner in a slave labor camp as a result of a false accusation agreed to only under threat of death.
The prisoners eke out a living on watery broth and bread weighed out in ounces. They face horrific weather and treachery from every angle.
And yet some of the manage to survive and carry on.
He manages to retain his humanity in a place designed to dehumanize. Shukhov felt pleased with life as he went to sleep. A lot of good things had happened that day. The foreman had got a good rate for the job. The end of an unclouded day.
Almost a happy one. Instead he hits you with the immensity of it all one last time: Just one of the three thousand six hundred and fifty-three days of his sentence, from bell to bell.
The extra three days were for leap years What Solzhenitsyn captures here is organized absurdity, a sort of organic yet cruel randomness. There is no justice or freedom or intelligence involved in the Gulag but there is a culture of sorts. There are traditions and expectations that can be used, or stretched, to navigate your way through the torturous days.
There is no guarantee, you might bump into that random cruelness and find yourself in the hole. If you have the bad luck of a weak body and a severe sentence, bad luck can mean death.
Obviously, if you manage to avoid this cruel fate you react with gratitude despite your surroundings. It parallels the odd sensation of joy when the soldier next to you is killed; you have survived!
So what is it about this work that allows it to speak to generations of readers? Why is this a classic now that the Soviet Union, and its prison camps, is no more?One Day in the Life of Ivan Denischovivh October 3, Cold War-Period 1 Ivan Denisovich Shukhov was sent to a Soviet concentration camp, he was accused of .
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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, by Alexander Solzhenitsyn is a book about one day of Ivan Denisovich's life.
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