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Brought to you by Penguin.

The audiobook edition of The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, read by the author's son, Ignat Solzhenitsyn.

With a new foreword written and read by Jordan B. Peterson, and an exclusive Q&A between Jordan B. Peterson and Ignat Solzhenitsyn.

The officially approved abridgement of The Gulag Archipelago Volumes I, II & III.

A vast canvas of camps, prisons, transit centres and secret police, of informers and spies and interrogators but also of everyday heroism, The Gulag Archipelago is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's grand masterwork. Based on the testimony of some 200 survivors, and on the recollection of Solzhenitsyn's own 11 years in labour camps and exile, it chronicles the story of those at the heart of the Soviet Union who opposed Stalin, and for whom the key to survival lay not in hope but in despair.

A thoroughly researched document and a feat of literary and imaginative power, this edition of The Gulag Archipelago was abridged into one volume at the author's wish and with his full co-operation.

© Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 2019 (P) Penguin Audio 2019

Biographies & Memoirs
Jordan B. Peterson
hr min
27 June
Random House

Customer Reviews

Fosco ,

A must read

Brilliant and sobering. A relevant read for any society.

seanseanseanhethero ,

Excellent Book

Provides a very detailed look into the situation inside the USSR but more importantly it provides a detailed insight into the phycological scaffolding necessary for such a tyrannical government to exist.

The book explains the mentality of both the perpetrators and the persecuted in graphic detail and the lie and greed based ideology that relied so heavily on fear to fuel it’s tyrannical, self destructive engine.

The contents of this book that I feel is of particularly importance and thus worth mentioning is Solzhenitsyn’s honest, self reflective writings. He is able to view the environment not just from a victim’s point of view and a victim he was, but also from the position of the perpetrators. It is through this process he is able to see that all persons involved where both either simultaneously or at one point or another, both victim and perpetrator in some sense of the words.

This is an outstanding piece of literary achievement. I recommend this book to EVERYONE.

AlanBanno ,


As cliche as it may sound, this is a must read book for everyone, and should be on your list of great works to read/listen to. This should be mandatory reading for all high school and university students around the world. I can’t wait to listen to it again.

A Chinese simplified character translation is needed urgently.

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