History Literature / TheGulagArchipelago

17th Oct '15 3:09:58 PM Aquila89
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* NotSoDifferent: Solzhenitsyn recalls how he started to become haughty and cruel as an officer and concludes that under the right circumstances, most people could become brutal interrogators.
-->"If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?"
15th Sep '15 12:39:50 PM Aquila89
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''The Gulag Archipelago'' is a novel by Creator/AleksandrSolzhenitsyn.

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''The Gulag Archipelago'' is a novel book by Creator/AleksandrSolzhenitsyn.
1st Jun '15 12:44:41 PM LahmacunKebab
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'''The Gulag Archipelago'' is a novel by Creator/AleksandrSolzhenitsyn.

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'''The ''The Gulag Archipelago'' is a novel by Creator/AleksandrSolzhenitsyn.
21st May '15 7:10:37 AM Morgenthaler
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An account of life in TheGulag, required reading in Russian high schools as of 2009. Multiple editions exist, most of which have been abridged because of the sheer length. This book tells the story of the Gulag from Solzhenitsyn's perspective as a former inmate, in stark contrast to the Soviet Union's account of the Gulag once it was shut down upon Stalin's death. Solzhenitsyn considered their account to have been written with rose-coloured goggles. TheFirstCircle can be considered the more fictionally-inclined sequel.

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An account of life in TheGulag, required reading in Russian high schools as of 2009. Multiple editions exist, most of which have been abridged because of the sheer length. This book tells the story of the Gulag from Solzhenitsyn's perspective as a former inmate, in stark contrast to the Soviet Union's account of the Gulag once it was shut down upon Stalin's death. Solzhenitsyn considered their account to have been written with rose-coloured goggles. TheFirstCircle ''Literature/TheFirstCircle'' can be considered the more fictionally-inclined sequel.
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* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: Inverted. The book has a disclaimer at the beginning, saying that while many names have been changed, everything in it really happened exactly like it's described.

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* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: Inverted. The book has a disclaimer at the beginning, saying that while many names have been changed, everything in it really happened exactly like it's described.described.
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23rd Apr '14 3:54:07 PM Aquila89
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* TakeThat: Mostly sarcastic parenthetical asides and footnotes to Soviet officials and policies, but some of those are aimed at Western persons (at least three to Bertrand Russell, for instance) sympathetic with the Soviet Union.

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* TakeThat: Mostly sarcastic parenthetical asides and footnotes to Soviet officials and policies, but some of those are aimed at Western persons (at least three to Bertrand Russell, for instance) sympathetic with the Soviet Union.Union.
* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: Inverted. The book has a disclaimer at the beginning, saying that while many names have been changed, everything in it really happened exactly like it's described.
21st Apr '14 3:46:31 PM Aquila89
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* {{Dedication}}: The book is dedicated "to all those who did not live to tell it."
8th Feb '14 1:39:44 PM TrollBrutal
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* AMillionIsAStatistic: The author laments that the numbers he's dealing with are simply too immense to leave an emotional impact. To give you some perspective, Solzhenitsyn's estimates of the total death toll under Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev combined have ''margins of error'' numbering in the tens of millions.

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* AMillionIsAStatistic: The author laments that the numbers he's dealing with are simply too immense to leave an emotional impact. To give you some perspective, Solzhenitsyn's estimates of the total death toll under Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev combined have ''margins of error'' numbering in the tens of millions.



* DeadlyEuphemism: Chapter title "History Of Our Sewage Disposal System."



* DeadlyEuphemism: Chapter title "History Of Our Sewage Disposal System."


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* AMillionIsAStatistic: The author laments that the numbers he's dealing with are simply too immense to leave an emotional impact. To give you some perspective, Solzhenitsyn's estimates of the total death toll under Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev combined have ''margins of error'' numbering in the tens of millions.
8th Feb '14 1:38:49 PM TrollBrutal
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* DeadpanSnarker: The narration of the arbitrariness of the regime is full of dry humour and sometimes the absurdism borders on black comedy.
18th Jul '13 7:13:59 PM Fireblood
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* {{Doorstopper}}: It is very large book, normally published in three heavy volumes.

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* {{Doorstopper}}: It is a very large book, normally published in three heavy volumes.



* InsaneTrollLogic: Article 58 of the Soviet Penal Law, which was so broadly written that it could easily cover any sort of unapproved behaviour.

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* InsaneTrollLogic: Article 58 of the Soviet Penal Law, which was so broadly written that it could easily cover any sort of unapproved behaviour.behavior.



* MoralMyopia: Stalin's regime never misses a chance to rant about the (admittedly dreadful) purges of the Tsars, even with the even more massive purge conducted by them themselves.

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* MoralMyopia: Stalin's regime never misses a chance to rant about the (admittedly dreadful) purges of the Tsars, even with the even more massive purge purges conducted by them themselves.



* RussianGuySuffersMost: Hell yes, they all do. Also the Ukrainian guy, Belarusian guy, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian guys . . .

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* RussianGuySuffersMost: Hell yes, they all do. Also the Ukrainian guy, Belarusian guy, Latvian, Lithuanian, and Estonian guys . . . guys...
23rd Jun '13 5:22:40 AM LinguaViva
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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: By the regime of itself, its' predecessors, and ironically many of the people they threw behind bars who were safely dead. On the author's part, Solzhenitsyn's high opinion of TsaristRussia is..... [[CriticalResearchFailure dubious.]]
At one point, Solzhenitsyn even favourably compares the interrogation techniques of ''[[NaziGermany the Gestapo]]'' to those of the Chekists.

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: By the regime of itself, its' predecessors, and ironically many of the people they threw behind bars who were safely dead. On the author's part, Solzhenitsyn's high opinion of TsaristRussia is.....is... [[CriticalResearchFailure dubious.]]
At one point, Solzhenitsyn even favourably compares the interrogation techniques of ''[[NaziGermany the Gestapo]]'' to those of the Chekists.
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