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by Varlan Shalamov,J. Glad

Author: Varlan Shalamov,J. Glad
Subcategory: Short Stories & Anthologies
Language: English
Publisher: W. W. Norton; 1st edition (1980)
Pages: 222 pages
Category: Fiction and Literature
Rating: 4.1
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Volume One. VARLAM SHALAMOV (1907–1982) was one of the rare survivors of fifteen years in the worst of Stalin’s Gulag, spending six years as a slave in the gold mines of Kolyma, one of the coldest and most inhospitable places on earth, before finding a less intolerable life as a paramedic in the prison camps. He had written a few prose pieces and some verse before these years of imprisonment, but his seven volumes of prose, verse, and drama stem almost entirely from the years after Stalin’s death in 1953 to Shalamov’s own physical and mental decline in the late 1970s.

Kolyma Tales (Russian: Колымские рассказы, Kolymskiye rasskazy) is the name given to six collections of short stories by Russian author Varlam Shalamov, about labour camp life in the Soviet Union. He began working on this book in 1954 and continued until 1973. Shalamov was born in 1907 and was arrested in 1929 while he was a student at Moscow University for attempting to publish Lenin's Testament.

Varlam Shalamov, who wrote the collection of short stories, Kolyma Tales, over the course of 20 years, also seemed to predict the rise of bloggers. He wrote: People with different jobs that have a talent for writing, not professional writers, will start speaking out. He expected that believability and reliability would become the sources of real power for literature in the future.

Translated from the Russian by JOHN GLAD. Varlam Shalamov’s story is, by contrast, all too clear. A priest’s son, he joined a group of youthful Trotskyites in 1927, when he was a twenty-year-old law student at Moscow University. Published by the Penguin Group. Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, England. In 1929 he was picked up in a police trap when he came to collect some illegally printed materials.

Finally, KOLYMA TALES, which is the umbrella name for the five books of stories and essays about Kolyma that Shalamov wrote. Shalamov's stories are much different in tone and style than Solzhenitsyn's work, so different that it is difficult to conceive how they could have successfully collaborated as co-authors.

This was a tough read but one I am very glad to have read. This was a collection of stories about the conditions in Soviet forced-labour camps during the Stalinist regime. It definitely filled in many of the knowledge gaps I had of what happened in the Siberian gulags. And Varlam Shalamov, among the millions of the silent victims, was a martyr of history too. The main task of a human being in any inhuman conditions is to survive.

New York: Penguin Books, 1994. Varlam Shalamov's Kolyma Tales a Formalist Analysis. Amsterdam – New York, NY 2004. Through the Snow, and other Stories" trans. Nimrod 32(2) (1990): 114-119. On Varlam Salamov's life and work. Books and Dissertations. In Slavonica, 11, 1 (2005), pp. 98-99.

by. Shalamov, Varlam Tikhonovich. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

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It is estimated that some three million people died in the Soviet forced-labour camps of Kolyma, in the north-eastern area of Siberia. Shalamov himself spent seventeen years there, and in these stories he vividly captures the lives of ordinary people caught up in terrible circumstances, their hopes and plans extending no further than a few hours.