Gustaw Herling-Grudziński

Gustaw Herling-Grudziński was a Polish writer, journalist, essayist, World War II underground fighter, and political dissident abroad during the postwar period. He is best known for his powerful World War II memoir, 'A World Apart', which describes his experiences in the Soviet Gulag after being arrested by the NKVD in 1940. His works often delve into themes of personal freedom, the nature of evil, and the experience of totalitarianism.


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  1. 1. A World Apart

    "A World Apart" is a powerful memoir that recounts the author's experiences as a political prisoner in a Soviet labor camp during World War II. Through vivid and harrowing descriptions, the book exposes the brutality and inhumanity of the camp system, as well as the resilience and strength of the prisoners. It serves as a haunting reminder of the atrocities committed during this dark period of history and the enduring human spirit.

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