Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s story of one day in a prisoner’s life in a Russian Gulag (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich) is 50 years old this month.  The story publicised just how grim life could be for those who were sent to Stalin’s forced labour camps as ‘enemies of the people’.  Whilst the novel is short it certainly makes an impact on the reader.  Those of you studying 20th century Russian history should definitely read it for its damning insight into the Stalinist era.

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