One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich Essay

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Book review on “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denosovich” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn The story "One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich" was conceived by Alexander Solzhenitsyn when he was in the Ekibastuz camp in the winter of 1950-1951. He decided to describe all the years of imprisonment in one day. The original name was called "Sh-854. One day of a prisoner," which was written in 1951 in Ryazan. The story was published in 1962 in the magazine "New World [Novyi Mir]" with the request of Khrushchev himself, and it was twice published in separate books. This is Solzhenitsyn's first printed work, which brought him fame. As a result, people from all over the Soviet Union started writing letters to Solzhenitsyn telling their stories of life in the camps. Thus, on these materials he wrote the "Gulag Archipelago", calling "One Day in the life of Ivan Denisovich" a pedestal to it. It should be noted that the main character Ivan Denisovich has no prototype. The hero is a collective…show more content…
At the very end of the story, he says that the day of Ivan Denisovich was a very good day, almost a happy day. But then mournfully notes that "There were three thousand six hundred and fifty-three days. The three extra days were for leap years." And this phrase leaves a heavy feeling, since if Shukhov considers that it was almost a happy day for him, the question is - what should be the most difficult day in the camp? The story that appeared immediately became known to the general public. It was one of the first works in the history of Russian literature of the XX century, which raised the subject of Stalin's repressions. Having exposed the bitter truth about the Gulag, the story rehabilitated thousands of innocent prisoners in the public eye. After all, many people could not even believe that a person in their country could be arrested and charged with a serious crime, absolutely without any weighty

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