For the centenary of the Russian Revolution, a new edition of
the Russian Nobelist's most accessible novel
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" is an undisputed classic of
contemporary literature. First published (in censored form) in the
Soviet journal "Novy Mir" in 1962, it is the story of labor-camp
inmate Ivan Denisovich Shukhov as he struggles to maintain his
dignity in the face of communist oppression. On every page of this
graphic depiction of Ivan Denisovich's struggles, the pain of
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's own decade-long experience in the gulag is
apparent--which makes its ultimate tribute to one man's will to
triumph over relentless dehumanization all the more moving.
An unforgettable portrait of the entire world of Stalin's
forced-work camps, "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" is one
of the most extraordinary literary works to have emerged from the
Soviet Union. The first of Solzhenitsyn's novels to be published,
it forced both the Soviet Union and the West to confront the
Soviet's human rights record, and the novel was specifically
mentioned in the presentation speech when Solzhenitsyn was awarded
the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970. Above all, "One Day in the
Life of Ivan Denisovich" establishes Solzhenitsyn's stature as "a
literary genius whose talent matches that of Dostoevsky, Turgenev,
Tolstoy" (Harrison Salisbury, "The ""New York Times").
This unexpurgated, widely acclaimed translation by H. T. Willetts
is the only translation authorized by Solzhenitsyn himself.