Screen Shot 2016-02-27 at 11.29.04 AM.pngexternal image One_day_in_the_life_of_I_D.JPGOne Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, a semi-autobiography story of a man imprisoned in a gulag in the 1940s.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 1974
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 1974

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PDF full text version of the novel

Sparknotes summary of the book

New York Times book review (January 22, 1963)

Historical Context of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich from Chicago Public Library
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Alexander Solzhenitsyn from Noble Prize.org

Solzhenitsyn, Literary Giant Who Defied Soviets, Dies at 89 (August 4, 2008)


Image below shows the Vorkuta industrial concentration camp complex was located 160km above the Arctic Circle. The city had a population of approximately 15,000 and about 50 camps with more than 50,000 inmates.
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Multimedia Resources


Movie Version of the book, released in 1970 from the Solzhenitsyn Center







Screen Shot 2016-02-13 at 11.47.54 AM.pngFor historical background, see World History II.22 on the consequences of Soviet Communism to 1945