The Gulag Archipelago Volume 2: An Experiment in Literary Investigation (Paperback)

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“BEST NONFICTION BOOK OF THE 20TH CENTURY.” —Time

Volume 2 of the Nobel Prize-winner’s towering masterpiece: the story of Solzhenitsyn's entrance into the Soviet prison camps, where he would remain for nearly a decade. Features a new foreword by Anne Applebaum.

“The greatest and most powerful single indictment of a political regime ever leveled in modern times.” —George F. Kennan

“It is impossible to name a book that had a greater effect on the political and moral consciousness of the late twentieth century.” —David Remnick, The New Yorker

“Solzhenitsyn’s masterpiece. . . . The Gulag Archipelago helped create the world we live in today.” —Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag: A History, from the foreword

About the Author


After serving as a decorated captain in the Soviet Army during World War II, Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) was sentenced to prison for eight years for criticizing Stalin and the Soviet government in private letters. Solzhenitsyn vaulted from unknown schoolteacher to internationally famous writer in 1962 with the publication of his novella One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968. The writer's increasingly vocal opposition to the regime resulted in another arrest, a charge of treason, and expulsion from the USSR in 1974, the year The Gulag Archipelago, his epic history of the Soviet prison system, first appeared in the West. For eighteen years, he and his family lived in Vermont. In 1994 he returned to Russia. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn died at his home in Moscow in 2008.

Praise For…


“Volume Two is concerned with the daily life and death of the prisoners, among whom Solzhenitsyn spent eight years. ... A powerful chronicle. ... A testament to the tensile strength of the human spirit.”
— Newsweek, on Volume II

“Best Nonfiction Book of the Twentieth Century”
— Time magazine

“The greatest and most powerful single indictment of a political regime ever leveled in modern times.”
— George F. Kennan

“It is impossible to name a book that had a greater effect on the political and moral consciousness of the late twentieth century.”
— David Remnick, The New Yorker

“Solzhenitsyn’s masterpiece. ... The Gulag Archipelago helped create the world we live in today.”
— Anne Applebaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag: A History, from the foreword
Product Details
ISBN: 9780061253720
ISBN-10: 0061253723
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Publication Date: August 7th, 2007
Pages: 752
Language: English
Series: P.S.