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To Encounter Hell on Earth, Read The Gulag Archipelago

Solzhenitsyn’s epic treatise has much to teach us

A few months ago I read Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s epic The Gulag Archipelago, which is three volumes and about 2,000 pages of sordid memoir recounting one of history’s darker examples of man’s inhumanity to man.

Excused by enthusiasts for socialism as the tragic excesses of Stalin’s rule, Solzhenitsyn shows that the Archipelago predated Stalin and continued after his demise.

To read The Gulag Archipelago is terrifying. It is to be immersed in a world turned upside down, a nightmare in which right is left, black is white, freedom is slavery, war is peace, and ignorance is strength. Here are a few things that struck me.