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"A book that belongs on the shelf alongside The Gulag Archipelago." (Kirkus Reviews)

"A short, haunting and beautifully written book." (The Wall Street Journal)

The 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.

©2019 Masha Gessen (P)2019 Random House Audio
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monumental propaganda. I now have a new tool

I have in the last several years learned more about history then I had ever been taught in the indoctrination centers. thank you for giving me a new view of this multifaced beast we face yet again.

communism never died. it just adapted and evolved.

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a wonderful reminder never to forget

I took so many notes for the volunteer work I do helping Russian, East European, and central European people to find their family history and especially to know the importance of finding this family history. this is an exceptional, well-sourced, and especially good book for the fact that it has incredible personal examples whose experiences come even more to life because they are similar to my own.

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  • 08-21-19

Beautiful and thoughtful.

Mashs Gessen allows us to join her sombre pilgrimage to the sites of Stalin's terror.

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  • 04-24-22

Highly recommended

Very good and relevant! ..a bit short, and partly felt like a summary of Anne Applebaums "Gulag", However this book includes some more recent developments, and more recent "perspectives".