Gulag Voices: An Anthology

Gulag Voices An Anthology Anne Applebaum wields her considerable knowledge of a dark chapter in human history and presents a collection of the writings of survivors of the Gulag the Soviet concentration camps Although the ope

  • Title: Gulag Voices: An Anthology
  • Author: Anne Applebaum
  • ISBN: 9780300153200
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Anne Applebaum wields her considerable knowledge of a dark chapter in human 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 GulaAnne Applebaum wields her considerable knowledge of a dark chapter in human 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 such figures as Dmitri Likhachev, a renowned literary scholar Anatoly Marchenko, the son of illiterate laborers and Alexander Dolgun, an American citizen 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.

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  • Anne Applebaum

    Journalist and Pulitzer Prize winning author who has written extensively about communism and the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe Since 2006, she is a columnist and member of the editorial board of the Washington Post.She is married to Rados aw Sikorski, the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs They have two children, Alexander and Tadeusz.

  • 313 Comments

  • Ms Applebaum has certainly made the effort to cover a wide range of writers - in terma of ethnic and class backgrounds - who are almost unknown in the West, several of whom having never before been published in English before.The arrangement of her material is interesting, and useful, in that it makes no attempt to follow the chronology of the writers, but instead, through a series of excerpts, takes the reader through the hideous process, from arrest, to interrogation, and so on.So certainly th [...]


  • Anne Applebaum received a Pulitzer Prize for her work, Gulag. It was a comprehensive overview of the prisoner work camp system that was developed in Russia, much earlier than the days of the USSR when it reached its zenith. This volume contains actual first person reports of experiences in these camps by some famous and not famous individuals. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is not included given its wide publication. I read one report a day in that they are emotionally stressful. What it [...]


  • I would have given this five stars had it not been that the selections were so short. Amazing collection of excerpts from authors who had experienced the Soviet Gulag. While I have read a bit of Solzhenitsyn, I didn't even know of these other writers whom I will now explore. How people be so cruel on such a vast scale still boggles my mind. How ordinary Soviet citizens could not stand up to their government is easy to see given what happened to those who did.


  • Gulag Voices includes 13 stories of Gulag survivors - but not their whole stories, only part of it. The first story tells about the arrest and the last story is the release from the Gulag. In between are stories about mass rape, the daily routines, believes etc. Very well built up and very interesting while shattering at the same time.


  • Hard to read, hard to put down. These are true testaments to human strength and witnesses to human cruelty.I found this to be a very important book.


  • In her introduction, Applebaum writes:"Some important aspects of the Gulag experience are not reflected in any of these essays. By definition, all the writers featured here survived, and all of them emerged both physically and mentally intact. They were all literate. They were all educated. They all had enough psychological distance from their experience to be able to describe it on paper. Those factors alone make them exceptional. The reader will not find here the testimony of those who died in [...]


  • An intense and horrifying survey of the Soviet gulags from the 1930s-1960s. In some ways it felt a little choppy because so many short excerpts from different authors were used, but it also gives you a wide range of experiences. I also thought it was interesting the way the author arranged them, so that the excerpts went from interrogation to arrival at the camp to camp life to release. However, I would not recommend someone to read it as quickly as I did. It was really too much for me to take t [...]


  • The size of the gulag system and the length of time it operated in the USSR defy easy summary or simple descriptions, but Applebaum's judiciously selected memoir excerpts do an excellent job of giving the feel of the lives of gulag prisoners. I assigned this as a required text in my undergraduate Russian history class, and it has proved very effective.


  • A series of essays from victims of the Soviet terror GULAG! Would like to seek out the actual books the stories were taken from but most were in Russian or Polish and were translated specially for this volume. Harrowing stuff but small book and not much to get your teeth into. Read her GULAG A History for a real read!


  • Anne Applebaum is a wonderful author. This anthology of stories from the gulag shouldn't be called excellent because the subject matter is awful but they are well-written and interesting. Morbid fascination, perhaps?


  • The essays are too short, the introduction written by Applebaum to each story too superficial. Too many stories, too many memories, treated "lightly", only briefly told, sometimes maybe in contrast with each other.


  • This collection of survivors of the Gulag stories sheds light on the Soviet concentration camps and is a must read for anyone interested in that history.


  • An unfortunately dry read. Going to investigate the writers included in this anthology outside of Applebaum's inept assembly.



  • Wow. Just wow. Of all the horrifying accounts I have read for my Russian terrorism class, these are the most poignant, the most evocative.




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