"A book that belongs on the shelf alongside The Gulag Archipelago. -- Kirkus Reviews
"A short, haunting and beautifully written book." -- The Wall Street Journal
The Gulag was a monstrous network of labor camps that held and killed millions of prisoners from the 1930s to the 1950s. More than half a century after the end of Stalinist terror, the geography of the Gulag has been barely sketched and the number of its victims remains unknown. Has the Gulag been forgotten? Writer Masha Gessen and photographer Misha Friedman set out across Russia in search of the memory of the Gulag. They journey from Moscow to Sandarmokh, a forested site of mass executions during Stalin's Great Terror; to the only Gulag camp turned into a museum, outside of the city of Perm in the Urals; and to Kolyma, where prisoners worked in deadly mines in the remote reaches of the Far East. They find that in Vladimir Putin's Russia, where Stalin is remembered as a great leader, Soviet terror has not been forgotten: it was never remembered in the first place.
by Masha Gessen
by David Lamb
by Jay Winik
by Stephen B. Oates
by Carolly Erickson
by Francis Steegmuller
by James Wilson
by Joy Hakim
"While nonfiction, this audiobook is reminiscent of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's novel THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO. Author and narrator Masha Gessen's essays examine various sites associated with the Stalinist labor camps, called gulags. The print edition includes photos by Misha Friedman. Without the photographs, this audio version is considerably reduced in its effectiveness. Nonetheless, Gessen is a skilled wordsmith, and her style has a certain detachment. As narrator, her pronunciation is excellent, and her light Russian accent enhances the authority of her delivery. M.T.F. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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