By Alexander Dolinin
I'm an advid reader of all books in regards to the Soviet Gulag. yet this one simply did not lower the mustard. The characters are one-dimensional, the discussion is stilted, and the descriptions of the camp used to be like a minimize and paste from Wikipedia. so that you can learn the simplest books, attempt David Littel's "The Revolutionist," Alan Furst's "Night Soldier." This publication is too educational in all its verbiage.
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The Soviet authorities made a public appeal to Russians living in Austria to return to their homeland. Many émigrés were persuaded, including Ganin. He applied to the Soviet commandant’s office to be repatriated. The commandant was extremely polite and friendly, expressing genuine good feelings towards him, praising his collaboration with the resistance, and promising a warm welcome in Russia. About a month later, Ganin was arrested in his flat at night. Then came a spell in the dungeons of the local SMERSH, followed by a cell in Moscow’s Lubyanka prison, with beatings, charges of Nazi collaboration, sentence by a Special Board, transfer under armed guard, and finally this place, the Fifth Compound of the Seimchan camps in Kolyma.
That’s just the point,” Bondarenko replied. “They ain’t gonna shoot us all, just a small bunch, so the rest of us quiver in fear. ” asked Trofimov. “C’mon, Captain,” said Bondarenko. “How the hell did you command a battalion, if you don’t understand such things? Take our barracks. Most of the guys are weaklings, and a weakling trembles with fear. He feels he could be whacked at any moment. A G A I N S T D E S T I N Y n 47 What does such a person make of tonight’s announcement? He hears that a few guys got shot for not making their quota, while he himself manages barely a third of it.
He can’t take you on just like that. ” The Medical Section was a solid log building, the entrance of which was lit by an electric lamp shining on a red cross. As they entered, they found themselves in a long corridor with several doors. A large crowd of prisoners sat on the floor waiting their turn. “Come along, we needn’t wait,” said Trofimov’s companion, and led him in at one of the doors to the sound of loud curses from the A G A I N S T D E S T I N Y n 49 men in the lineup. A young doctor sat at a desk.
Against Destiny by Alexander Dolinin