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Mar 05, 2019
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Mar 05, 2019 | ISBN 9780593103845
“A book that belongs on the shelf alongside The Gulag Archipelago. — Kirkus Reviews“A short, haunting and beautifully written book.” — The Wall Street JournalThe Gulag was a monstrous network of labor camps that held and killed millions of prisoners from the 1930s to the 1950s. More than half a century after the end of Stalinist terror, the geography of the Gulag has been barely sketched and the number of its victims remains unknown. Has the Gulag been forgotten? Writer Masha Gessen and photographer Misha Friedman set out across Russia in search of the memory of the Gulag. They journey from Moscow to Sandarmokh, a forested site of mass executions during Stalin’s Great Terror; to the only Gulag camp turned into a museum, outside of the city of Perm in the Urals; and to Kolyma, where prisoners worked in deadly mines in the remote reaches of the Far East. They find that in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, where Stalin is remembered as a great leader, Soviet terror has not been forgotten: it was never remembered in the first place.
Masha Gessen is the author of twelve books, including the National Book Award–winning The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia and The Man… More about Masha Gessen
Misha Friedman is a photographer with a background in international relations and economics. His work appears in leading international publications… More about Misha Friedman
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