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Shukhov is his last name, not a "nickname". Tom Send a noteboard - 10/01/2012 02:23:27 AM
I find Solzhenitsyn's style to be a bit stilted. A far better writer on the Gulag topic, both from a stylistic and personal experience standpoint, is Varlam Shalamov, whose Kolyma Tales (Колымские рассказы) are considered some of the best on the topic.

Solzhenitsyn's story is set in Kazakhstan, which was not as brutally cold as Kolyma or Magadan, and Solzhenitsyn never saw the worst of the worst that the Gulag system had to offer. Shalamov saw the people coming back from uranium mines.

Either way, Solzhenitsyn has written other works which are better. In the First Circle (В Круге Первом) is probably the best.

Political correctness is the pettiest form of casuistry.

ἡ δὲ κἀκ τριῶν τρυπημάτων ἐργαζομένη ἐνεκάλει τῇ φύσει, δυσφορουμένη, ὅτι δὴ μὴ καὶ τοὺς τιτθοὺς αὐτῇ εὐρύτερον ἢ νῦν εἰσι τρυπώη, ὅπως καὶ ἄλλην ἐνταῦθα μίξιν ἐπιτεχνᾶσθαι δυνατὴ εἴη. – Procopius

Ummaka qinnassa nīk!

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Alexander Solzhenitsyn - 10/01/2012 02:03:00 AM 8392 Views
Shukhov is his last name, not a "nickname". - 10/01/2012 02:23:27 AM 1417 Views
Still a really good book, though - 11/01/2012 03:40:56 PM 1452 Views
What I liked was that it didn't try to be a brutal, exaggerated, horrible story ... - 13/01/2012 02:34:26 AM 1467 Views
I totally agree - 13/01/2012 04:39:33 PM 1300 Views
Interesting information ... - 13/01/2012 02:29:01 AM 1476 Views
I enjoyed it when I read it years ago. - 12/01/2012 08:40:38 PM 1407 Views

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