Gulag Archipelago
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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Narrated By: Jordan B Peterson, Ignat Solzhenitsyn

Duration: 23 hours and 29 minutes

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The audiobook edition of The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, read by the author's son, Ignat Solzhenitsyn.

With a new foreword written and read by Jordan B. Peterson, and an exclusive Q&A between Jordan B. Peterson and Ignat Solzhenitsyn.

The officially approved abridgement of The Gulag Archipelago Volumes I, II & III.

A vast canvas of camps, prisons, transit centres and secret police, of informers and spies and interrogators but also of everyday heroism, The Gulag Archipelago is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's grand masterwork. Based on the testimony of some 200 survivors, and on the recollection of Solzhenitsyn's own 11 years in labour camps and exile, it chronicles the story of those at the heart of the Soviet Union who opposed Stalin, and for whom the key to survival lay not in hope but in despair.

A thoroughly researched document and a feat of literary and imaginative power, this edition of The Gulag Archipelago was abridged into one volume at the author's wish and with his full co-operation.

© Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 2019 (P) Penguin Audio 2019


Political oppression & persecution, Autobiography: historical, political & military, Political structures: totalitarianism & dictatorship, True stories of survival of abuse & injustice

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It is impossible to name a book that had a greater effect on the political and moral consciousness of the late twentieth century

New Yorker

To live now and not to know this work is to be a kind of historical fool missing a crucial part of the consciousness of the age


He is one of the towering figures of the age as a writer, as moralist, as hero... in The Gulag Archipelago he has acheived the impossible


The ferocious testimony of a man of genius

London Magazine

What gives the book its value is the sound it gives out; the harsh roar give out by a wise and experienced animal as a warning that the herd is in danger