Alexander Solzhenitsyn - The gulag archipelago
An Experiment in Literary Investigation
Tome 1, 2 and 3
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago was first published in France in 1973. Solzhenitsyn used the word archipelago as a metaphor for the camps, spread throughout the Soviet Union like a chain of islands.
For years I have with reluctant heart withheld from publication this already completed book : my obligation to those still living outweighed my obligation to the dead. But now that State Security has seized the book anyway, I have no alternative but to publish it immediately.
In this book there are no fictitious persons, nor fictitious events. People and places are named with their own names. If they are identified by initials instead of names, it is for personal considerations.
If they are not named at all, it is only because human memory has failed to preserve their names. But it all took place just as it is here described.
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Alexandre Soljenitsyne - Deux siècles ensemble