The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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The Gulag Archipelago is a book by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn based on the Soviet forced labor and concentration camp system. The three-volume book is a massive narrative relying on eyewitness testimony and primary research material, as well as the author's own experiences as a prisoner in a Gulag labor camp. Written between 1958 and 1968 (dates given at the end of the book), it was published in the West in 1973, thereafter circulating in samizdat (underground publication) form in the Soviet Union until its official publication in 1989.

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The 61st greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 2nd on The 100 Best Non-Fiction Books of the Century (National Review)
  2. - 15th on Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century (Le Monde)
  3. - 50 Memorable Books from 50 Years of Books to Remember (The New York Public Library)
  4. - 100 Most Influential Books of the Century (Boston Public Library)
  5. - The Bigger Read List (English PEN)

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