By Alexander Dolinin
I'm an advid reader of all books concerning the Soviet Gulag. yet this one simply did not reduce the mustard. The characters are one-dimensional, the discussion is stilted, and the descriptions of the camp used to be like a reduce and paste from Wikipedia. which will learn the easiest books, test David Littel's "The Revolutionist," Alan Furst's "Night Soldier." This ebook is too educational in all its verbiage.
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The barracks door banged open, and the guard yelled, “Fourth barracks! ” The screw hustled them along. His eyes fell on one of the “goners” lying on his bunk. “Another fuckin’ corpse,” the screw growled. The prisoners approached the small square in front of the staff building and drew up in a column several ranks deep. They shivered in the biting wind as the officers began the roll call. ” The column remained silent. “Zybkov! ” inquired the sergeant. “Dead, citizen Chief,” replied Vaskov. “Really?
At the outbreak of World War I he was drafted into the army and served as a field surgeon. Then came 1917, with all its calamities. Under threat of lynching by the revolutionary soldiery, Ganin fled to the Cossack region of the Don. There he joined Denikin’s Volunteer Army, again as a physician, and took part in all the White campaigns in the south. In the end he fled from the Crimea along with other troops of the A G A I N S T D E S T I N Y n 41 White Army. Long years of exile followed. In the early 1920s the Soviet government allowed his wife and children out of Russia to join him.
Me, for instance. Hell knows how long I’ll manage to stay on my feet. ” Trofimov dragged his boots off, gasping at the pain. His feet and calves were swollen and covered in blisters. “Looks real bad,” Vaskov said. “Go to the medico and try to get off work for a couple of weeks. ” “Stop your fairy tales, Yefimych,” Bondarenko scoffed. “The guy can’t receive parcels. How can he bribe his way in? ” “He can give some treatment though,” Vaskov retorted. “Only to get bad again in a month,” Timoshkin commented.