Kolyma Tales

Kolyma Tales

Book - 1994
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It is estimated that some three million people died in the Soviet forced-labour camps of Kolyma, in the northeastern area of Siberia. Shalamov himself spent seventeen years there, and in these stories he vividly captures the lives of ordinary people caught up in terrible circumstances, whose hopes and plans extended to further than a few hours. This new enlarged edition combines two collections previously published in the United States as Kolyma Tales and Graphite .

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1994.
ISBN: 9780140186956
Branch Call Number: FIC/SHALAMOV
Characteristics: xix, 508 p. ; 18 cm.


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Jul 14, 2016

Heartrending collection of everyday stories in the Siberian Gulag, in the Russian prison culture and life, if you call it life, from the 1930-s until the mid 1950-s. The survival techniques, the rule of common criminals over "political prisoners", the loss of dignity of many for survival, the emptying of mind of others.
The stories kept me reading one after the other. Painfully beatiful, great translation. It is a wonder to have survived the Gulag that was really a death sentence. Should be a lesson for today. Is it though?


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