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One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich

by Solzhenitsyn, Alexander

Condition: Fine/very good

New York: E. P. Dutton, 1963. First U.S. Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Fine/very good. Hardcover book is fine with top stain bright. Dust jacket has tiny chipping to top of spine edge and to bottom front panel edge. Also, some minor wear to edge extremities. Yellow lettering of dust jacket spine is slightly faded towards white. Dust jacket is NOT price clipped and bright. A handsome copy of the author's important first book. "Only Authorized Edition" This novel was first published in the Russian language U.S.S.R. in the magazine Novy Mir (New World), November 1962. Laid in is the scarce publisher's note that states, "PLEASE NOTE: Subsequent to the printing of ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH, it was stated publicly by an official of the Soviet Embassy that 'authorization' of the edition had been withdrawn, principally because approval had not been given to the introduction by Marvin L. Kalb. A representative of the American publisher, in reply, stated that the difference of opinion on this point simply had to do with the interpretation of the original contract." (Publisher's slip measures 3 1/4" X 6 1/2") This book is translated from the Russian by Ralph Parker. Introduction by Marvin L. Kalb. Foreword by Alexander Tvardovsky. There have been many English translations and of those, the 1963 Signet translation by Ralph Parker was the first to be published. "The publication of this remarkable autobiographical novel is the most important breakthrough for freedom expression in Russian literature since World War II... The first major literary work to be published in the Soviet Union that is concerned with the plight of Stalin's political prisoners." -from the DJ. Often considered the most powerful indictment of the USSR's gulag ever made, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich forced Western intellectuals to acknowledge their sins of omission in regards to the Soviet human rights record. A decade later at a US-Soviet summit a human rights agenda was created as a topic of concern. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich was specifically mentioned in the Nobel Prize presentation speech when the Nobel Committee awarded Solzhenitsyn the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970.

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a novel written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, first published in November 1962 in the Soviet literary magazine Novy Mir (New World). The story is set in a Soviet labor camp in the 1950s, and describes a single day of an ordinary prisoner, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. Its publication was an extraordinary event in Soviet literary history—never before had an account of Stalinist repression been openly distributed.


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