One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Author:Solzhenitsyn From the icy blast of reveille through the sweet release of sleep, Ivan Denisovich endures. A common carpenter, he is one of millions viciously imprisoned for countless years on baseless charges, sentenced to the waking nightmare of the Soviet work camps in Siberia. Even in the face of degrading hatred, where life is reduced to a bowl of gruel... more » and a rare cigarette, hope and dignity prevail. This powerful novel of fact is a scathing indictment of Communist tyrrany, and an eloquent affirmation of the human spirit.« less
This book is one of the best I've read. It details the life of a political prisoner in a Soviet gulag and is written by Sozhynitsyn, need I say more? He is a master. Anyhow, the book sounds depressing, but in fact it is uplifting. You appreciate the freedoms and the creature comforts that you enjoy in a whole new way when you close this book. You will appreciate your life and have great compassion for those whose lives are quite different.