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Author Chistyakov, Ivan, author.

Title The day will pass away : the diary of a Gulag prison guard, 1935-1936 / Ivan Chistyakov ; translation, Arch Tait.

Publication Info. New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    365.4509 CHI    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    365.94702 CHI    Available
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Description 249 pages : images of manuscripts ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note Translated from Russian.
"First published in 2014 by Corpus Publishers, Moscow." -- copyright page
"Introduction and notes by Irina Shcherbakova"--jacket.
Summary "Originally recorded in several ordinary notebooks, which were anonymously donated to the Memorial Human Rights Centre in Moscow after years of suppression, this remarkable diary is one of the few first-person accounts to survive the sprawling Soviet prison system. At the back of the journals there is a blurred snapshot and a note: "Chistyakov, Ivan Petrovich, repressed in 1937-38. Killed at the front in Tula Province in 1941." This is all that remains of Ivan Chistyakov, a senior guard at the Baikal Amur Corrective Labor Camp. Who was this lost man? How did he end up in the gulag? Within these pages, we learn that he was a cultured and urbane ex-city dweller with a secret nostalgia for pre-Revolutionary Russia. In his diary, Chistyakov did not just record his life in the camp, he narrates it. He was a sharp-eyed witness and a sympathetic, humane, and broken man. In a way, he was a prisoner, too. From stumblingly poetic musings on the bitter landscape of the taiga to matter-of-fact grumbles about the inefficiency of his stove, from accounts of the brutal conditions of the camp to reflections on the cruelty of loneliness, The Day Will Pass Away is an astonishing record--a visceral and immediate description of a place and time whose repercussions still affect the shape of modern Russia today."--Dust jacket flap.
Subject Political prisoners -- Soviet Union -- Diaries.
Concentration camps -- Soviet Union -- Diaries.
Soviet Union -- History -- 1925-1953.
Genre/Form Diaries.
Added Author Tait, A. L.
Shcherbakova, I. I. (Irina I.)
ISBN 9781681774602 (hardcover)
1681774607 (hardcover)

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