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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 ; introduction and notes by Irina Shcherbakova ; translation from the Russian by Arch Tait.

Publication Info. New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  365.45 CHISTYAKOV    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  947.084 CHISTYAKOV    Check Shelf
Edition First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Description xxxiv, 249 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language In English, translated from Russian.
Note Translation of: Sibirskoĭ dal'neĭ storonoĭ.
Original Russian language edition published in 2014.
Summary "Originally written in a couple of humble exercise books, which were anonymously donated to the Memorial Human Rights Centre in Moscow, this remarkable diary is one of the few first-person accounts to survive the sprawling Soviet prison system. At the back of these exercise books 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 Labour Camp. Who was this lost man? How did he end up in the gulag? Though a guard, he is a type of prisoner, too. We learn that he is a cultured and urbane ex-city dweller with a secret nostalgia for pre-Revolutionary Russia. In this diary, Chistyakov does not just record his life in the camp, he narrates it. He is a sharp-eyed witness and a sympathetic, humane, and broken man. 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, this diary is an astonishing record--a visceral and immediate description of a place and time whose repercussions still affect the shape of modern Russia, and modern Europe"--Google Books.
Subject Chistyakov, Ivan -- Diaries.
Concentration camp guards -- Soviet Union -- Diaries.
Internment camps -- Soviet Union.
Political prisoners -- Soviet Union.
Soviet Union -- History -- 1925-1953.
HISTORY / Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
Genre/Form Diaries.
Added Author Tait, A. L., translator.
Shcherbakova, I. I. (Irina I.), writer of supplementary textual content.
Added Title Sibirskoĭ dal'neĭ storonoĭ. English
ISBN 9781681774602 (hardcover)
1681774607 (hardcover)
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