One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich This is a novel written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, first published in November 1962. The story is set in a Soviet labor camp in the 1950s, and describes a single day of an ordinary prisoner, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov who has been sentenced to a camp in the Soviet gulag system because he was accused of becoming a spy after being captured by the Germans as a prisoner of war during World War II. He is innocent, but is sentenced to ten years in a forced labor camp. Those in the camps find everyday life extremely difficult. For example, one rule states that if the thermometer reaches −41 °C, then the prisoners do not have to do outdoor labor that day; anything above that is considered bearable. The reader is reminded throughout of the harshness of the conditions, worsened by the inadequate bedding and clothing. The boots assigned to the zeks rarely fit (cloth has to be added or taken out, for example), and the thin mittens issued are easily ripped. Each day, the squad leader receives their work assignment of the day, and the squad are then fed according to how they perform. Prisoners in each squad are thus forced to work together and to pressure each other to get their work done. If any prisoner is slacking, the whole squad will be punished. Koba the Dread – Martin Amis Koba is the Russion Revolution nickname for Soviet leader Joseph Stalin—is a study of the destruction of a single communist regime. The "Twenty Million" of the title are the alleged Russian citizens lost to starvation, torture, gulags, and the purges and confessions of Stalin's Great Terror. The book explains how that bad things happened in Russia, for example it states that ‘horse manure was eaten, partly because it gained whole grains of wheat.’ it also explains how cannibalism was widely practised, parents ate their children. So many dead that the bodies
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