Author Topic: Gulag Archipelago  (Read 586 times)

Gulag Archipelago
« on: October 20, 2017, 07:28:12 PM »
Anyone else here read this?


I'm only 3 chapters into it and the list of tortures inflicted on detainees during interrogation is truly fucking appalling (the worst being the grinding underfoot of male prisoners genitalia one testicle at a time). Does it get more cheery later on? Yeah I'm not holding my breath.

Re: Gulag Archipelago
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2017, 08:38:51 PM »
Have you got the three volume set? It's pretty unrelenting, but there's a bit of variety later on. The bits i remeber of the tortures that stay with me are not related to beating but prisoners not being allowed to move. Horrifying. And obviously the "conveyor belt" - sleep deprivation.

I've decided to read Kolyma Tales by Varlam Shalamov again. I'd absolutely recommend it for a book about life in the camps.

Re: Gulag Archipelago
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2017, 12:34:31 PM »
Have you got the three volume set? It's pretty unrelenting, but there's a bit of variety later on. The bits i remeber of the tortures that stay with me are not related to beating but prisoners not being allowed to move. Horrifying. And obviously the "conveyor belt" - sleep deprivation.

I've decided to read Kolyma Tales by Varlam Shalamov again. I'd absolutely recommend it for a book about life in the camps.

I got about 1/3 of a way in and left the book on a train incurring a £13 penalty from the library. Going to have to buy the fucker now I've started it.

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Re: Gulag Archipelago
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2017, 01:10:12 PM »
I got about 1/3 of a way in and left the book on a train incurring a £13 penalty from the library. Going to have to buy the fucker now I've started it.

Torture.