One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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Beschrijving

Titel en schrijver
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
ISBN nr.
0-14-118474-4
Uitgeverij, drukjaar en drukversie
Uitgeverij Penguin Books, 2000, eerste druk
Paperback of hardcover
Paperback
Aantal pagina’s
142 pagina’s
Taal en categorie
Engels, Roman
Korte samenvatting
One day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

In the midst of World War II, a Russian soldier is wrongfully convicted of treason. This story describes one day of his time in a Soviet labor camp, where he is an ordinary prisoner. It also shows how even under extreme circumstances life becomes normal and the will to survive dictates the rules. Ordinary things such as bread, a bowl of soup, books, a piece of string, or even a single match are of the biggest importance in a world where safety, warmth and food are the first objectives and survival means everything.

The publication of this book was out of the ordinary in Soviet literary history, since never before had a case of Stalinist repression been so openly published. As a result It’s also considered one of the most significant works to ever emerge from Soviet Russia.

Over de auteur
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, borin on December 11th 1918, was a Russian novelist, historian and short story writer that was considered a dissident in the 70s of the 21st century. He was awarded the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature, but he was too afraid to go to Stockholm to receive his award because he thought he may not be allowed to reenter. Eventually he was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974, but returned to Russia in 1994 after the state’s dissolution. He died on August the 3rd, 2008 in Moscow, Russia.
Recensies
The Nation: ”A masterpiece…Squarely in the mainstream of Russia’s great literary traditions.”

Sunday Times: ”It is a blow struck for human freedom all over the world… and gloriously readable”

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