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The Gulag Archipelago

By: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson,Ignat Solzhenitsyn
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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.

©2019 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Solzhenitsyn’s masterpiece.... The Gulag Archipelago helped create the world we live in today." (Anne Applebaum) 

"[The Gulag Archipelago] helped to bring down an empire. Its importance can hardly be exaggerated." (Doris Lessing, Sunday Telegraph)

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Essential book, shocking and so well written it feels like you’re living through it. I think everyone should listen to this audiobook, as essential as other books like mans search for meaning.

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Life changing and horrific

This should be made compulsory reading for university students who consider advocating for socialism. It is not a happy and uplifting read, but it is probably the most moving book I have read in long time.

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Never take your liberty for granted again

I thought I had some idea, but really didn't, truly. Take the depth of horror that was Nazi Germany, then multiply out the breadth in years and humanity. Finally, shrink wrap everything in the hopelessness of total censorship, and total deceit, right down to the family.

It started with such utopian ideals of economic redistribution too.

This is a grim read, but I feel it is necessary to begin to appreciate the insights on the human spirit.

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Unreal

An amazing book to drive with, very compelling and interesting. An amazing story of how bad humans can be to each other, and yet how resilient we can be in the face of adversity.

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Literary work of genius.

One of the most important works of literature ever written. May it always be remembered.

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Absolutely incredible story , should be compulsory readding in every school. Highly recommend for people with a love for history.

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Should be compulsory reading

Completely opened my eyes into what a nightmare life can become if you don’t make a stand early

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Please read this book.

Not a soul can read this book and not come out the other end transformed.

Here is a book that I wander what my life would be having never read it.

Read this book. If not for yourself, for me. Each of us deserves the transformation and experience it offers.

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wow

Incredible book. A very relevant telling of life in communist russia. A book that must be read.

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Doomed to repeat?

Wow. Incarceration, torture and genocide on such an obscene scale. People need to wake up. Could these atrocities could reoccur?

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