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This down to earth book is filled with gripping and eye opening events and living conditions that were the norm of the Soviet prison camps. Nov 21, Jonasz rated it really liked it Shelves: It also describes the dire situation in Poland, a country caught as in a vice between two brutal totalitarian regimes: A large part of Polish soldiers were executed.

So call this an extended “Ivan” — 18 months of misery instead of one herlimg. For his valor in combat he was decorated with the Virtuti Militari, Poland’s highest military decoration. For instance, of the12, Poles sent to Kolyma only about survived. The first account of “Russian labour camps” I read so far in which the author not only writes dwiat what he survived to, but tries to put it in a larger historical context.

Herling ended up in a Gulag, which is equally fun but unlike in German concentration camps, in a Gulag mass murder and extermination is not seiat aim but a pleasant side hering of the harsh conditions over there. Published by Wydawnictwo Literackie first published Poland received some verbal support from its allies, Great Britain and France, but no effective backing on the military front.

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When asked what nationality they had, Polish Jews simply answered ‘Jew’. I wonder why it was not of the reading list because Mr. Referring to a Mr. There is something about the coldness, precision and distance of the narration that makes it even scarier.

I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? The line between a victim and torturer is so vague There’s a problem loading this menu right now. You could end up in a mass grave in Katyn or in a ghetto, a concentration camp, forced labour camp or a crematory.


I understand that this is author’s diary written from his own experience, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is not the most enjoyable book to read.

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It should and might deserve to be more widely known. May 04, Kain rated it it was amazing. Mar 25, Herlinf rated it it was amazing. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

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Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. The Journal of a Gulag Survivor Polish: Still, he was one of the last to be released, and he’d almost given up. The Russian edition preceded some Western language editions: Andrzej Ciolkosz translatorBertrand Russell Preface.

One strength of Herling’s character was his capacity for reflection, and this helps make “A World Apart”more than just a litany of suffering. He draws word portraits of many different prisoners, some of whom are examples of various “types” — the true believers in Communism, sure that “if only Stalin knew” all prisoners would go free; the criminals who lord over the “politicals” and prosper in the camps; the humble who accept their fate with resignation; the informers, some of whom are surprising betrayers; the hunger-demented, etc.

Aug 11, Teb rated it it was amazing. The book was initially greeted well in England, with a foreword written by Bertrand Russell but had to herlinv until for its publication in Hdrling. Definitely too long, but still one of the most haunting and harrowing books I have ever read. The plight of Poland can be only loosely captured by the dire statistics of its double invasion and occupation. Nov 17, Tihana rated it really liked it Shelves: In fact, there were.

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At the same time he had the humility of herlkng that the Hell he was put into by fate was a better one compared to the atrocities of the Kolyma. Awards He was the winner of many literary prizes: No trivia or quizzes yet.


A selection from the Journal Written at Night, a journal that he wrote for 30 years, was translated by Ronald Strom and published as Volcano and Miracle Amazon Music Zwiat millions of songs. The book contains detailed, often drastic depictions from the lives of Gulag prisoners. On September 1st, Hitler invaded Poland after staging a pretext.

A book that makes a very difficult read. Return to Book Page. A lot of the book details how the camps worked, treatment of different racial groups, nationalities the author is Polish and genders by both the Soviet guards and also the prisoners and stories about how he and his fellow prisoners came to be in the situation that they found themselves in.

First hand account of atrocities, struggle fo A book that makes a very difficult read. Get to Know Us.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Print HardcoverPaperback. When the magazine moved to Paris, he settled first in London and finally in Naples, Italy, where he married Lidia, a daughter of the philosopher Benedetto Croce.

Sadovsky, a Communist official who fell herlingg of favor and was incarcerated with him, Herling comments: Of course Herling was helped hdrling this task by the fact that his isolation was awful but not as endless as the one of Salamov and Solzenicyn, but still he did an extraordinary job.

By describing life in the gulag in a harrowing personal account, it provides an in-depth, original analysis of the nature of the Soviet communist system.