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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Aleksandr SolzhenitsynOriginal title Один день Ивана Денисовича (Russian, 1962)

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is a novel by Nobel Prize-winning Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, first published in November 1962 in the Soviet literary magazine Novy Mir . The story is set in a Soviet labor camp in the 1950s and describes a single day in the life of ordinary prisoner, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov.


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„When you're cold, don't expect sympathy from someone who's warm.“

—  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, book One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Source: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn photo

„In our village, folks say God crumbles up the old moon into stars.“

—  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, book One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Source: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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„Beat a dog once and you only have to show him the whip.“

—  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, book One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Source: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962)

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn photo
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn photo

„Can a man who's warm understand one who's freezing?“

—  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, book One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Source: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962)

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„A genius doesn't adjust his treatment of a theme to a tyrant's taste“

—  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, book One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Source: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962)

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn photo

„A man with two trades to his credit can easily learn another ten.“

—  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, book One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962)

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„Here, lads, we live by the law of the taiga. But even here people manage to live.“

—  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, book One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Kuziomin, in the Ralph Parker translation (1963).
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (1962)
Context: Here, lads, we live by the law of the taiga. But even here people manage to live. D’you know who are the ones the camps finish off? Those who lick other men’s left-overs, those who set store by the doctors, and those who peach on their mates.

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