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What was the response to One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich?

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich was a microcosm that spoke for a generation. Despite its comparative brevity to his other epics, it proved to be hugely popular and was first published in instalments by the Novy Mir literary journal. One Day secured Solzhenitsyn’s place in the Soviet Writers Union, but the novel was to divide opinion and create controversy. It was controversial because it had not been written through the eyes of an intellectual: Shukhov was poor, uneducated – a peasant, but he could tell a story. Through him the spirit of the Russian man was heard and this was to prove dangerous. Continue reading

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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“In 1960 he submitted his novel, One Day…, to Alexander Tvardovsky, the poet and editor of Novy Mir (New World), a literary journal; it was published, on the final decision of Khrushchev himself, in the November 1962 edition of Novy Mir which sold out immediately.”*

Imagine a place where work only ceases when the temperature outside reaches -41˚; a place where you sleep in a bunk crawling with bed-bugs on a filthy straw mattress; a place where your every move is coordinated and watched by a gang of armed guards. Where is this place?… Continue reading

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