The Victims Return: Survivors of the Gulag after Stalin Paperback – Jun 19 2012
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*A striking memoir ... Cohen engages fully - and personally - with the debate on the way [Russians] continue to grapple with their Stalinist legacy.* -- The New Yorker
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The writing is superb as is the editing of the work. It is a true small history of the Sviet gulag system and explores the impact the prisons had on both the people and political landscape. The book poses some interesting questions about what to with the survivors of the gulag and the stigma that comes from having been a prisoner in one.
I found the book to be fascinating. This is an area I don’t have deep knowledge in and the book provided a comprehensive survey without making it difficult to understand. It also shows the stoic nature of the people who persevere against terrible odds. Many of them are scared for life both personally and professionally.
Interestingly enough, if you have heard an interview with the author of this book, you’ll soon realize his style is very similar to the way he presents himself in interviews. So much so that it was as the author was giving an extended classroom lecture that left the students on the edge of their seats.
I really don’t have anything to compare this book with. Normally, I like to suggest other books on a similar topic. In this case I need to read more before I can provide a solution to this.