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Gulag Voices: An Anthology

Gulag Voices: An Anthology

by Anne Applebaum, Jane Ann Miller
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Anne Applebaum wields her considerable knowledge of this dark chapter in history and presents a collection of the writings of survivors of the Gulag, the Soviet concentration camps. Although the opening of the Soviet archives to scholars has made it possible to write the history of this notorious concentration camp system, documents tell only one side of the story. Gulag Voices now fills in the other half.

The backgrounds of the writers reflect the extraordinary diversity of the Gulag itself. Here are the personal stories of figures such as renowned literary scholar Dmitri Likhachev; Anatoly Marchenko, the son of illiterate laborers; and American citizen Alexander Dolgun. These remembrances—many of them appearing in English for the first time, each chosen for both literary and historical value—collectively spotlight the strange moral universe of the camps, as well as the relationships that prisoners had with one another, with their guards, and with professional criminals who lived beside them.

A vital addition to the literature of this era—annotated for a generation that no longer remembers the Soviet Union—Gulag Voices will inform, interest, and inspire, offering a source for reflection on human nature itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300153200
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 01/25/2011
Series: Annals of Communism Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Anne Applebaum’s Gulag: A History won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction as well as numerous other awards. A columnist for the Washington Post and Slate, she is a regular contributor to many publications, including the New York Review of Books and the New Republic. She lives in Warsaw, Poland.



Date of Birth:

July 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Washington, D.C.


B.A., Yale University, 1986; M.Sc., London School of Economics, 1987; St. Antony¿s College, Oxford

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Arrest Dmitry S. Likhachev 1

2 Interrogation Alexander Dolgun 13

3 The Kolyma Tram Elena Glinka 39

4 A Day in Labor Corrective Camp No. 21 Kazimierz Zarod 49

5 On Work Anatoly Zhigulin 57

6 On Faith Nina Gagen-Torn 69

7 Promotion Isaak Filshtinsky 83

8 My Child Hava Volovich 95

9 The House of Meetings Gustav Herling 105

10 Informers Lev Kopelev 125

11 Jailers Lev Razgon 143

12 The Cooler Anatoly Marchenko 169

13 Liberation K. Petrus 181

Acknowledgments 193

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